02/04/2010 12:00AM

Foes line up to face dominant duo


Star Guitar and Superior Storm bring remarkable records into Saturday night's $1 million Louisiana Premier Night program of stakes at Delta Downs. Neither horse has ever been beaten in a Louisiana-bred stakes, with Star Guitar winning eight such races and Superior Storm winning 11.

Despite their dominance, they will face large fields in their respective stakes on Premier Night. Star Guitar will meet nine others when he defends his title in the $200,000 Championship, and Superior Storm is part of a nine-horse field of fillies and mares for the $150,000 Distaff.

In all, six stakes and four rich starter races will make up what is the second-most lucrative card at Delta behind Jackpot Night. There is a special first post of 5:40 p.m. Central.

Star Guitar last raced Dec. 19 and was the easiest of winners in the $150,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic at Fair Grounds. The race was run a week later than scheduled because of inclement weather, and Al Stall, who trains Star Guitar, said he sees that as a benefit heading into the Championship.

"It was a blessing in disguise," he said. "It made the bridge between these two races a lot easier to cross."

Star Guitar launched his career in 2007 with a 6 1/4-length maiden special weight win at Fair Grounds. He has proceeded to win stakes at each of Louisiana's four racetracks, just like Superior Storm.

"You don't come across horses like this very often, so we're enjoying our time with him right now," said Stall, who trains Star Guitar for his breeders, Brittlyn Stables.

Curt Bourque, who has ridden Star Guitar in 10 of his 14 starts, has the mount again Saturday. The pair will break from post 7 on the six-furlong track at Delta.

"He always seems to be a little better running at something," Stall said of Star Guitar. "I have to think a couple of horses will go out there like they do at Delta, which they should the way the track is configured. If that happens, if we can stalk or be a little further back than that, it'll be fine."

Others in the Championship field include Ide Like a Double, who was second in the Champions Day Classic, and Hallway, winner of the $60,000 Dixie Poker Ace at Fair Grounds in his last start Jan. 9.

Superior Storm seeks second Distaff

Superior Storm is following a successful pattern into the Distaff. She won the race a year ago off a victory in the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Ladies at Fair Grounds, which she won again in her last start Dec. 12. Superior Storm won by 1 1/2 lengths in the Ladies, which was run before inclement weather led to the cancellation of the other Champions Day stakes at Fair Grounds.

Superior Storm began her career in the summer of 2007 and won her maiden in her third career start. She has since run the tables in Louisiana-bred stakes and also turned in a notable effort against open company last March, upsetting champion Proud Spell at Oaklawn. In all, Superior Storm has won 14 of 22 starts and $861,498.

Rick Jackson trains her for Jac Mac Stables and has given the mount to Luis Quinonez.

In other stakes action, Power Surge and Stoney Gold will square off in the $100,000 Sprint at five furlongs. Power Surge comes off a career-best Beyer of 99, earned for a statebred stakes win at Fair Grounds. Stoney Gold defeated open company stakes rivals last out at Delta.

* The races for 3-year-olds, the $125,000 Prince and the $125,000 Starlet, both drew stakes winners from earlier in the Delta meet: Productive Envoy in the Prince and The Rumor's True in the Starlet.

* Warrior Maid is among eight fillies and mares in the $100,000 Matron.