03/18/2005 12:00AM

Fourstars Allstar was one of state's greats


Fourstars Allstar, who died last week in England at 17, was one of the best New York-breds of modern times.

Like Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide and Belmont Stakes winner Ruthless, he was a classic winner. Fourstars Allstar, bred and owned by Richard Bomze, won the Irish 2000 Guineas in 1991, becoming the first American-trained horse to win a European classic.

"I actually thought of the 2000 Guineas after he finished second in the Laurel Futurity as a 2-year-old," trainer Leo O'Brien said. "So that winter, at Tony Everard's farm in Ocala, I began training him for the race."

The grass course at Everard's Another Episode Farm enabled O'Brien to prep Fourstars Allstar for the one-mile 2000 Guineas in his 3-year-old season.

Just one week before the Irish classic, on May 11 at Belmont Park, Fourstars Allstar won an allowance race at 1 1/16 miles, defeating the older Solar Splendor, trained by Pat Kelly.

"I knew then that I had a good chance, because that horse of Pat's was a very good turf runner," O'Brien said.

Solar Splendor would become a multiple Grade 1 winner in his career.

O'Brien flew Fourstars Allstar to his brother Michael's farm in Ireland on the Wednesday following his allowance victory. Fourstars Allstar got to The Curragh on Friday, and the next day he won the 2000 Guineas.

Fourstars Allstar would go on to win several graded stakes races and earn nearly $1.4 million in his career of 59 starts.

He twice won the Grade 2 Bernard Baruch at Saratoga, plus such races as the Grade 3 Fort Marcy at Aqueduct, the Grade 2 Elkhorn at Keeneland, and the Grade 3 New Hampshire Sweepstakes at Rockingham.

Fourstars Allstar was also third to Lure and Ski Paradise in the Breeders' Cup Mile.

"He was a terrific, sound, and gentle horse," O'Brien said. "You couldn't want to be around a nicer horse."

Fourstars Allstar was a younger full brother to Fourstardave, a longtime favorite of New York horse racing fans who was also campaigned by Bomze and O'Brien.

Fourstardave was also a multiple graded-stakes winner, with earnings of more than $1.6 million. Both horses were sired by Compliance out of the unraced Bold Arian mare Broadway Joan.

OBS juvenile sale has 60 New York-breds

Sixty New York-breds are cataloged for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s selected 2-year-olds in-training sale at Calder on March 22-23.

New York sire Freud, whose progeny have been in demand at the major auctions so far this year, is represented by seven juveniles.

His fellow stallion at Lakland North, Good and Tough, has five youngsters in the book, including a colt that descends from the fine producer Green Greek.

Green Greek produced the outstanding New York-bred filly Grecian Flight, winner of the Grade 1 Acorn Stakes in 1987 on the way to earnings of $1.3 million.

A filly by Mill Creek stallion Lycius is out of a half-sister to the fine New York-bred Raffie's Majesty, who placed in the Grade 1 Travers and Grade 2 Jim Dandy at Saratoga in 1998.

A City Zip filly out of the Carr de Naskra mare Miss Halo Country also comes from a top state family. Miss Halo Country is a half-sister to New York Derby winner Image Maker and stakes winners Financial Lady and Dixie Country.

NYTB announces nominees for state awards

New York Thoroughbred Breeders Inc. has announced nominees for New York trainer, jockey, breeder, and broodmare of the year for 2004.

The trainer nominees are Gary Contessa, Richard Dutrow Jr., Chris Englehart, Bruce Levine, Barclay Tagg, and Todd Pletcher.

The jockeys are Javier Castallano, Pablo Fragoso, Richard Migliore, Edgar Prado, Pedro A. Rodriquez, and John Velazquez.

The nominees for breeder of the year are Chester and Mary Broman, John Hettinger, Elisabeth Jerkens, Becky Thomas and Lewis Lakin, and Sez Who Thoroughbreds.

Loose Wire and Merion Miss are the nominees for broodmare of the year.

NYTB's annual awards dinner will be held on April 11 at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Albany. For more information about the dinner, call NYTB at (518) 587-0777.