07/22/2013 12:39PM

Sea The Stars represented by first winner


European Horse of the Year Sea The Stars, winner of the 2009 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, was represented by his first winner on Monday when Stars Over the Sea took the first race at Ayr in England.

The 2-year-old colt took command with two furlongs remaining and powered to a three-length win, covering seven furlongs in 1:30.60 on turf rated good to firm. He was unplaced in his first two starts earlier this summer in England.

Bred in Kentucky by Will Farish and Watership Down Stud, Stars Over the Sea was bought by trainer Mark Johnston for $55,000 at the 2012 Keeneland September yearling sale from Farish’s Lane’s End, as agent. He is out of the Jeune Homme mare Exciting Times and is a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Gorella and stakes winner Porto Santo.

Sea The Stars was retired to the Aga Khan’s Gilltown Stud in Co. Kildare, Ireland, after two sensational seasons of racing. The son of Cape Cross out of 1993 Arc winner and elite broodmare Urban Sea – also the dam of leading international sire Galileo, by Sadler’s Wells – finished fourth in his first career race in spring 2008 and did not lose again in eight subsequent starts. In 2009, he won six consecutive Group 1 events, including the English 2,000 Guineas and Epsom Derby. His campaign culminated in a two-length win in the 2009 Arc. He earned nearly $6.8 million for his career.

Sea The Stars, who stands at Gilltown Stud for a fee of 85,000 euros (about $112,150), has 118 2-year-olds in his first crop.