08/04/2009 12:00AM

Star Guitar earns 105 Beyer

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Lynn Roberts
Star Guitar was an easy winner of Saturday's Louisiana Cup Classic.

Star Guitar is building a Louisiana-bred stakes record to rival that of Superior Storm's.

He is now 6 for 6 in statebred company after his more than eight-length romp in last weekend's $100,000 Louisiana Cup Classic at Louisiana Downs. Superior Storm was also a winner on the program of Louisiana-bred stakes, improving her record in Louisiana-bred company to 10 for 10.

Star Guitar earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 105 in the Classic, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and up that was rained off the turf and run on a sloppy main track. His connections, owner Brittlyn Stable and trainer Al Stall Jr., plan to keep him in the statebred stakes ranks for the foreseeable future.

"We're just going to keep him right there and let him do his thing, against his own kind," Stall said from Saratoga on Tuesday. "He's a good horse, looks the part, acts the part, and we're really just trying to slide him through the summer with hopes of being ready for the fall. We're in good shape right now."

Stall said Star Guitar could turn up next at Delta Downs in Vinton, La., in either October or November. From there, he will target Louisiana Champions Day at Fair Grounds in early December.

"We want to run him one more time before that," said Stall.

Star Guitar is a 4-year-old homebred by Quiet American. His dam, the stakes-winning Minit Towinit, has produced two other stakes winners, Grand Minit and Favorite Minit. Star Guitar has now won 8 of 11 starts and $468,458. His other stakes wins include the $200,000 Premiere Night Championship at Delta this past February.

Majestic Vintage healthy again

Majestic Vintage, a 2-year-old stakes winner who missed the $50,000 Minstrel last month at Louisiana Downs because of some congestion, is now possible for the $50,000 Sunny's Halo on Aug. 15, trainer Cash Asmussen said. The Sunny's Halo will be run at a mile on turf as part of a four-stakes card at Louisiana Downs.

"He's out of a Lyphard mare, so I'm dying to get him on turf," Asmussen said.

Majestic Vintage, a son of Cuvee, won the $89,000 colts and geldings division of the Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity at Lone Star in his last start June 6.

Asmussen, a former champion jockey in France, said he has made plans to travel there this month to spend some time at the upcoming auction and race meet in Deauville. He is the older brother of trainer Steve Asmussen.

A Toast to Speed on streak

A Toast to Speed, who has never been beaten in a turf sprint, will seek her fourth straight win under those conditions in Thursday's seventh race. The $12,000 optional claimer for fillies and mares has first-level allowance conditions. It will be run at about five furlongs on turf.

A Toast to Speed tried a turf sprint May 21 at Lone Star Park and won her maiden by 5 1/2 lengths. She proceeded to win another turf sprint against conditioned claimers at the track June 13, then edged a tough field of $15,000 turf sprint claimers in her most recent start July 17. Richard Eramia has the mount on A Toast to Speed, a 3-year-old daughter of Doneraile Court who is trained by John Locke.

The chief threat looks like Summit Cat, who in her first start since March was third at this level July 12. Prior to that race, she won a $50,000 optional claimer at five furlongs on turf at Fair Grounds. Patrick Valenzuela has the mount for trainer Morris Nicks.

The Thursday card opens with a $20,000 optional claiming route on dirt for fillies and mares, with the promising 3-year-old filly Mayhaw taking on four-time winner Empress Jacqueline. The race will be the first since May for Empress Jacqueline, while Mayhaw was second at this level July 18 in what was her first start since May.