07/31/2009 11:00PM

Star Guitar wins Louisiana Cup Turf Classic


BOSSIER CITY, La. - Despite being moved to the main track because of the rain, the Cup Turf Classic remained intact with 11 runners. Star Guitar ($5) lodged a rail bid through the second turn of the mile and a sixteenth test and drew out steadily through the lane. Curt Bourque picked up his second stakes win of the afternoon on the Al Stall Jr. trainee.

* Master Link ($5.20) got Saturday's Louisiana Cup at Louisiana Downs off to a rousing start as she controlled the pace throughout to capture the $100,000 Filly and Mare Sprint. Sparkling Diamond finished second followed by 11-10 favorite Sax Appeal.

Trained by Morris Nicks and ridden by Pat Valenzuela, Master Link picked up her fourth win from just six starts. She covered the six furlongs over a sloppy strip in 1:11.92. The Dance Master filly has now earned over $170,000.

* Brother Bean ($4) took command from the start in the $100,000 Cup Sprint and cruised to an impressive 3 1/2-length win under Billy Patin. The 6-year-old Victor Arceneaux charge stopped the timer in a rapid 1:09.66 over the sloppy going en route to his 10th career victory and third straight stakes tally.

* In the $100,000 Oaks, Shane Sellers guided Lightlightlight through an opening along the inside entering the stretch before outfinishing Tensas Palmyra who was later disqualified by the stewards for drifting through the stretch and impeding rivals.

Lightlightlight ($2.80) is trained by Steve Asmussen and won for the fifth time in 13 starts and for the second time in stakes company. The daughter of Whywhywhy covered the mile and a sixteenth in 1:47.10 in the driving rain.

* The $100,000 Derby came next and favored Milwaukee Miracle ($6.00) circled five wide and finished three lengths in front of Smoothcide up. The winner is conditioned by Robert Young and was ridden by Curt Bourque.

* Deltalicious ($24.40) pulled off the upset in the $75,000 Juvenile Fillies under leading rider Don Simington. The Chad Hassenpflug trainee bested nine rivals as she won for the second time in three starts.

* Superior Storm ($2.40) resumed the run of favorites in the $100,000 Distaff that was rained off the turf and moved to a still sloppy main track but was fully extended to outfinish a gallant Miss Bean Wah by a diminishing neck.

Trained by Rick Jackson and ridden by Luis Quinonez, Superior Storm kept her perfect record in Louisiana stakes intact in a time of 1:45.52 for the mile and a sixteenth.

* King of the Bayou ($16.60) stormed down the middle of the strip to annex the $75,000 Juvenile under a well-judged ride by Richard Eramia. James Hodges trains the K One King colt.