06/14/2010 11:00PM

Star Guitar named top Louisiana-bred for 2009


Star Guitar has been voted Louisiana-bred horse of the year for 2009 by the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association after sweeping the four richest races for his division last year. The board of directors votes on the award from the list of the organization's divisional champions, said LTBA official Roger Heitzmann.

Star Guitar, who is also the champion older horse for the LTBA, is expected to make his next start in the $100,000 Louisiana Showcase Classic at Evangeline on July 3.

Last year, he won the $200,000 Louisiana Premier Night Championship at Delta in February, the $96,000 Benoit Memorial on the Legends Night program at Evangeline in July, the $100,000 Louisiana Cup Classic at Louisiana Downs in August, and the $150,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic at Fair Grounds in December.

Star Guitar races for his breeder, Brittlyn Stable, and is trained by Al Stall Jr.

Durant equals owner record

Tom Durant equaled Lone Star's record for owner wins in a season on Sunday, when he won three races to push his total wins for the meet to 30. Durant will have two chances to break the record Thursday night. In the fourth, he has first-time starter Hidden Recipe, and in the eighth, he will be represented by Pure Red Head.

La Poli, who has finished first in her last five starts including a race that was declared a no-contest after an entrant broke from the gate wearing a blanket, heads the eighth. It is a second-level turf allowance for fillies and mares at 7 1/2 furlongs. Others in the field include Shine Softly, a daughter of Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf winner Soaring Softly.

Durant on Sunday equaled the record with his 74th starter at the meet. The partnership of Heflin and Driver set the Lone Star standard in 2007, when they went 30 for 91, according to an official with Lone Star.

* Brilliant Cut, a course-specialist last year at Louisiana Downs, will make his first start of the year in the Thursday's fifth, race a first-level optional $17,500 claiming race at about five furlongs on turf.

* Jockey Tracy Hebert had a riding double at Louisiana Downs on both Saturday and Sunday, with one of his mounts, Capotetta, paying $108.