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Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

Star Guitar Likely Headed to Delta Downs

Fair Grounds Race Course
Photo: CDI

Three straight wins in the last three runnings of the $150,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic at Fair Grounds! That’s unprecedented, but Brittlyn Stable’s Star Guitar also now boasts five straight stakes victories recorded over the last five renewals of the Crescent City oval’s Louisiana Champions Day – an annual one-day series of races restricted to accredited Louisiana-breds. Naturally, both of Star Guitar’s Champions Day milestones established on Saturday are likely to be around for a long, long time in the history of Thoroughbred competition in the Pelican State.

 

“(Saturday) was a good day.  There’s no ‘ifs,’ ‘ands’ or ‘buts’ about that,” said Star Guitar’s trainer Al Stall Jr. during training hours Sunday morning, speaking in his mercifully well-heated office on the Fair Grounds backstretch . “The ‘Star’ was the star – yeah, sure – and I liked the way he looked leading up to yesterday. He trained really well – maybe even a notch better – and he was really easy on himself as usual. He cooled out quickly last night and appears to be doing real well this morning. The next step for him looks to be that race at Delta Downs on Delta Premier Night. I think that’s also the night before the Super Bowl.”

 

However, Stall had more than “Star” going for him Saturday. He saddled a training triple for the day to regain the lead in the trainer standings entering Sunday, also winning the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile with Brittlyn Stable’s Beanwah’smachine and a 2-year-old maiden filly race with James Pickering’s Kevil Kid. He also ran second by a nose in the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Turf with Red Oak Stable’s Kissimmee Kyle.

 

“Actually, I thought (Beanwah’smachine) ran better on opening day,” said Stall of that 2-year-old half-brother to Star Guitar. “He might have reacted a little bit yesterday after coming back that quick (after Thanksgiving).

 

“As for Kissimmee Kyle, I thought he ran well,” said Stall. “He just didn’t quite handle the winner. If he’d have had one more race back before yesterday, he might have been really cranked. And as for the fillies (Brittlyn color bearers Sunday’s Child and Bleu Darling, third and eighth, respectively, in the $100,000 Louisiana Champion Lassie), I think they both wanted to go farther.”

 

 

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