03/09/2005 12:00AM

Fourstars Allstar dead


Fourstars Allstar, winner of the 1991 Irish 2000 Guineas and a full brother to New York-bred fan favorite Fourstardave, has died in England.

Irish-based Coolmore Stud sold Fourstars Allstar, a 17-year-old son of Compliance, privately to Astley Grange Stud in Leicestershire, England, in January. The Racing Post reported Wednesday that soon after Fourstars Allstar relocated from Ireland's Co. Waterford to England, he broke his neck while undergoing treatment in Newmarket for a urinary tract problem.

Fourstars Allstar sired Group 2 winner Jardines Lookout and stakes-winning hurdler Rupununi, among others. He had not covered any mares in England, the Racing Post reported.

A homebred campaigned by New Yorker Richard Bomze and partner Philip DiLeo, Fourstars Allstar was out of the unraced Bold Arian mare Broadway Joan. His older brother was Fourstardave, who ultimately won 13 stakes (nine of those in New York) and earned more than $1.6 million.

Fourstars Allstar, also a New York-bred, did not disappoint. He went on to win nine stakes, all but three of those in New York, and bankrolled more than $1.5 million. He was a multiple Grade 2 winner in the United States with victories in 1992 Elkhorn Stakes and the 1992 and 1995 Bernard Baruch Handicaps. But his name will always be linked most closely with his sole start outside the States, when he won the 1991 Guineas by a head from Star of Gdansk and became the first American-trained horse to win a European classic.

"That was the most exciting day in my racing life," Bomze said. "I told everybody to bet the horse, and they thought I was just a crazy American. He was something like 12 to 1."

Fourstars Allstar's Guineas feat made Bomze, trainer Leo O'Brien, and jockey Mike Smith hero status in Ireland and the United States. It also netted Bomze the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association's first annual Breeder of the Year Award.

Fourstardave, a gelding, died of a heart attack in 2002.