05/08/2012 2:38PM

Star Guitar ready to get back to work

Louis Hodges Jr.
Star Guitar could return to the work tab this weekend at Louisiana Downs.

Star Guitar, who became all-time richest Louisiana-bred last month with his win in the Costa Rising at Fair Grounds, could have his first work since that April 1 race this weekend at Louisiana Downs.

“I might do something with him this Saturday or Sunday,” said Al Stall Jr., who trains Star Guitar for Brittlyn Stable. “He’s had a little breather. We’ll start him back up and decide what we’re going to do.”

Star Guitar has now won 23 of 29 starts and $1,689,862, surpassing the mark of $1,688,838 in earnings held by Happy Ticket. Star Guitar has won his last nine starts dating back to the December 2010 running of the Louisiana Champions Day Classic at Fair Grounds. As for the horse’s next move, Stall said one consideration will be the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Classic at 1 1/16 miles at Evangeline Downs on June 30.

“We’re still trying to figure out where we’ll run him next,” Stall said. “We don’t have anything picked out yet.”

Star Guitar is a 7-year-old by Quiet American. He was bred by Brittlyn Stable and has been the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association’s horse of the year for both 2009 and 2010. The decision on the organization’s 2011 horse of the year will come next month, during a vote of its board of directors at its annual meeting. The membership of the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association has already voted Star Guitar the organization’s older male for 2011.

Stall, who has divisions of his stable at both Louisiana Downs and Churchill, said Kissimmee Kyle, winner of the $60,000 Bayou St. John on April 1 at Fair Grounds, could make his next start in the $50,000 John Franks Memorial at Louisiana Downs. The one-mile turf race is June 2 and is restricted to horses bred in Louisiana. Kissimmee Kyle races for Red Oak Stable.