09/25/2016 10:19AM

Star Guitar gets first winner as sire


Louisiana-bred legend Star Guitar was represented by his first winner on Saturday night when Senor Guitar swept five wide to win a maiden claiming race at Churchill Downs as the longest price on the board.

Star Guitar, an 11-year-old son of Quiet American, stands at Clear Creek Stud in Folsom, La., for an advertised fee of $4,000. He has 41 foals in his first crop, with two starters to date, and 39 foals in his second crop.

Star Guitar is the all-time leading earner among Louisiana-breds, winning 24 of 30 starts over six seasons of racing for earnings of $1,749,862. He is a four-time Louisiana-bred Horse of the Year, trained by Al Stall Jr.

Among his 22 stakes wins are four runnings of the Premier Night Championship Stakes, three editions of the Evangeline Mile Handicap and Louisiana Champions Day Classic Stakes, two renewals of the Louisiana Showcase Classic Stakes, Costa Rising Stakes and Gold Cup Stakes, and one win each in the Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile Stakes, Louisiana Champions Day Sprint Stakes, Louisiana Turf Classic Stakes, Louisiana Legends Classic, Pola Benoit Benoit Memorial Classic Stakes, and the Dixie Poker Ace Stakes. He also finished third in the Grade 3 Alysheba Stakes in 2009.

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Homebred in Louisiana by Brittlyn Stable, Star Guitar is out of the stakes-winning Malagra mare Minit Towinit, whose five foals to race are all winners, also including stakes winners Grand Minit and Favorite Minit.

Senor Guitar settled early under jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. in the six-furlong race, then made his move on the outside and hit the front after the opening half-mile. Santana kept him to task to prevail by 1 1/4 lengths and stop the clock in 1:11.90 He raced for a $50,000 tag and paid $51 to win.

Senor Guitar, a dark bay or brown colt, raced as a Louisiana homebred for Clifford Grum and is trained by Helen Pitts. He is the fourth foal out of the winning Grand Slam mare Kiawah’s Magic, and all four are winners.