08/19/2011 4:35PM

Star Guitar's long-range plans begin with Delta's Gold Cup


With each passing race, Star Guitar is moving closer to claiming the title of all-time richest Louisiana-bred. He won his fifth consecutive stakes earlier this month in the $125,000 Evangeline Downs Mile, the third year in a row he has taken the race in a streak that started in 2009.

Star Guitar’s lifetime earnings now stand at $1,365,862. He is second on the all-time leader list behind Happy Ticket, who banked $1,688,838 in her career. Star Guitar needs $322,977 in earnings to notch the No. 1 spot, a demanding task that seems doable, as he has already banked $299,904 so far in 2011.

And there are some rich races for him on the horizon. His trainer, Al Stall Jr., said Star Guitar has three upcoming stakes objectives. They are all against Louisiana-breds, and the first is the $100,000 Gold Cup at Delta Downs on Nov. 5.

“That will feed us into Champions Day, on the 10th of December,” Stall said of the series at Fair Grounds.

Star Guitar is targeting the $150,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic, a race the 6-year-old won in 2009 and 2010. From there, Stall said the goal will be the $200,000 Premiere Night Championship at Delta on Feb. 4. Star Guitar has won the last three runnings of the Premiere.

If he were to sweep the three stakes, which are worth a cumulative $450,000, Star Guitar would earn $270,000.

Star Guitar, a son of Quiet American who races for his breeder, Brittlyn Stable, shipped into Opelousas, La., for the Evangeline Mile on Aug. 13. He closed from off the pace to win by 2 3/4 lengths, and earned a Beyer Figure of 92.

“He’s back at Louisiana Downs,” Stall said. “He’s already been back to the track and is acting like a 2-year-old. So, we’re good. We’ll get ready for the Gold Cup.”

Trubs, the $100,000 Prelude winner who is also stabled at Louisiana Downs, is scheduled to breeze an easy half-mile on Sunday, said Stall. The horse is being pointed for the Grade 2, $500,000 Super Derby on Sept. 10.

Louisiana Downs seeks similar dates for 2012

Louisiana Downs is seeking a similar meet for 2012, according to a request filed with the Louisiana Racing Commission. The track has asked for an 84-date season that would run from May 4 through Sept. 23. (The current meet opened May 6 and will run through Sept. 25.) The dates request for 2012 is to be heard at a commission meeting Aug. 29.

Louisiana Downs is also seeking a 46-date meet for Quarter Horses next year, from Jan. 7 through March 21.

In other requests, Evangeline Downs in Opelousas has asked for an 84-date Thoroughbred meet for next year that would run from April 18-Sept. 8.

Fair Grounds and Delta Downs, which at a prior meeting were awarded dates, have both filed meet requests for Quarter Horses. Delta Downs is seeking a 46-date season from April 27 to July 14, while an earlier than usual Quarter Horse meet is being sought by Fair Grounds. The track is seeking a 12-date season from Aug. 15-Sept. 1.

◗ The Deuce Is Loose might get a nice pace set-up Sunday in the featured third race. There is a good deal of speed in the first-level allowance that will be run at a mile on turf. Shane Sellers has the mount for trainer Andrew Leggio. The Deuce Is Loose is returning to the overnight ranks after running fourth in a $50,000 Louisiana Showcase Night stakes at Evangeline Downs on July 2.

◗ There was a triple dead heat for second in the eighth race Aug. 13 at Louisiana Downs. It was among 8-1 shot Abby the Great, 3-1 second choice Fresh, and 5-1 Bonnies Judge.