12/29/2011 4:14PM

Delta Downs: Break Up finds spot free of Star Guitar in B-Connected Stakes


Break Up will shake Louisiana-bred standout Star Guitar for the first time since July in Saturday night’s $60,000 B-Connected at Delta Downs.

“I think he’s happy about that,” said Brett Brinkman, Break Up’s trainer.

The B-Connected, which will share a card with the $60,000 Lookout, is a one-mile race for 3-year-olds and up who have not won a stakes in 2011. The condition excludes Star Guitar, who has won the last three stakes that Break Up has been in, dating back to the $100,000 Louisiana Showcase Classic on July 2 at Evangeline Downs.

Break Up was second in that race. He went on to run fifth in the $100,000 Gold Cup at Delta on Nov. 5 and third in the $150,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic at Fair Grounds on Dec. 10, both stakes won by Star Guitar, who is closing in on the all-time earnings mark for a horse bred in Louisiana.

“Bless his heart,” Brinkman said of Break Up. “He’s made his best effort to show up every time, even though he was competing against Star Guitar. I’m actually tired of seeing Star Guitar in the races with him, and I think he is, too.”

Break Up has been a useful horse as a three-time stakes winner who has earned $357,380 for the partnership of Walter New, Britton Richardson and David Richardson. He also has already won two races at Delta this year, taking a pair of allowances in March. He will break from the rail Saturday, under Gerard Melancon.

“I know there will be some pace in there,” Brinkman said. “We’ll probably be coming from midpack somewhere.”

Brinkman also will be active in the Lookout, a one-mile race for fillies and mares bred in Louisiana. He will send out Military Miss, who exits a Parx allowance but who earlier this year was second by a neck in the $100,000 Louisiana Showcase Distaff at Evangeline.

“She was sold in July in the Heiligbrodt dispersal and purchased by Kenwood Racing out of New Jersey,” Brinkman said. “They took her up to the Northeast circuit. They decided to send her back down here for the winter. The filly’s doing well, and I’d like to try to find success for them in the Louisiana program.

“She’s shown an affinity for Delta. She’s handled the track configuration and surface, which is an asset to her.”

Warrior Maid will be seeking her third straight win, while Production’s Idol’s rider, Don Simington, is nearing 3,000 career wins, with 2,991 through Wednesday.