02/05/2009 12:00AM

Star Guitar tests winning streak


Star Guitar and Superior Storm both bring significant streaks into Saturday night's $1 million Louisiana Premier Night program of stakes at Delta Downs. Star Guitar will be seeking his fourth consecutive win when he runs in the $200,000 Championship, while Superior Storm looks to remain unbeaten in Louisiana-bred stakes company when she starts in the $150,000 Distaff.

The races are the richest of six divisional statebred stakes on Premier Night. There also are four starter stakes on the card, which is the second-richest of the meet behind Jackpot Night.

Star Guitar has won an allowance, the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Sprint, and the $60,000 Dixie Poker Ace in his last three starts, all at Fair Grounds. He will be making his Delta debut following a strong, one-length win in an off-the-turf Dixie Poker Ace at a mile Jan. 3.

"I thought we were asking quite a bit from him - a 3-year-old just turned 4, first time two turns, running against a bunch of handicap" horses, said Al Stall Jr., who trains Star Guitar. "I thought he did well.

"That race under his belt, hopefully it will help him with this next two-turn race."

Star Guitar will be going 1 1/16 miles in the Championship, which drew a strong field that includes Star Production, the runner-up in the $150,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic at Fair Grounds, and Snug and Southern Invasion, who ran a respective first and second in the $75,000 Cypress, the prep run at Delta on Jan. 10.

Robby Albarado has the mount on Star Guitar, who is 5 for 6 lifetime for Brittlyn Stable.

Superior Storm will break from post 7 when she lines up against six other fillies and mares in the Distaff. A win in the one-mile race would push her career earnings over $500,000. Much of Superior Storm's bankroll has been earned by winning seven Louisiana-bred stakes, her latest the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Ladies. The Distaff will be her first start since that Dec. 13 race at Fair Grounds.

"I really feel like she's tight enough," said Rick Jackson, who trains Superior Storm. "She's trained at Oaklawn and it's been pretty deep. I don't think there's going to be a whole lot of difference in the depth of the track" at Delta.

Superior Storm, who shipped to Delta last week, will be ridden by John Jacinto.

Jones runner heads quality Starlet

Warrior Maid, a sharp first-level allowance winner at Fair Grounds, will make her two-turn debut in the $125,000 Starlet for 3-year-old fillies for trainer Larry Jones.

"She trains like she wants to be a route filly," Jones said. "This is a good time to stretch her out."

Warrior Maid has won 2 of 3 career starts and will be ridden by Terry Thompson.

Also in the field is the undefeated Morning Memory.

* In other stakes, Break Up, who closed from well back to win the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile at 68-1, will move back to two turns for the $125,000 Prince at seven furlongs. Brett Brinkman trains Break Up, who will be ridden by Corey Lanerie.

* Coach Mike will be seeking her third stakes win in her last four starts when she goes in the $100,000 Matron, a five-furlong race for fillies and mares. In her last two starts, she has accounted for the $50,000 Mademoiselle at Delta and the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Ladies Sprint at Fair Grounds. Leading rider Gerard Melancon has the mount for trainer Tony Richey.

* John Charles will be shortening up to the distance of his last win when he starts in the $100,000 Sprint, a five-furlong race for 3-year-olds and up. Melancon has the mount for trainer Sam Breaux.