Prominent Broodmare To the Hunt Dead

To the Hunt, a grade I producer for Howard and Kris Gibbons' Wind Hill Farm, died July 23 because of complications from laminitis.

The 21-year-old daughter of Relaunch produced grade I-winning distaffers Starrer and Stellar Jayne, both of whom are millionaires.

Starrer, the older of the two, was a six-time stakes winner for George Krikorian. A $35,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling, Starrer captured five graded stakes, including the Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap (gr. I) over Sightseek and the Santa Maria Handicap (gr. I) over You in her last two starts. Starrer finished second to subsequent Horse of the Year Azeri in the 2002 Lady's Secret Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) and was third to her in that year's Vanity Handicap (gr. I). She retired with earnings of $1,043,033.

Starrer, an 8-year-old daughter of Dynaformer, is boarded at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington, where she is in foal to Storm Cat. She is the dam of a Danzig yearling filly named Starzig.

Stellar Jayne, a 5-year-old daughter of Wild Rush, captured seven stakes, five of which were graded, and earned $1,534,964. A $150,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November weanling, Stellar Jayne captured the 2004 Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) over subsequent champion 3-year-old filly Ashado for Spendthrift Farm, Dr. Chuck Kidder, Dr. Nancy Cole, and Nick Strong. Stellar Jayne also scored an additional grade I triumph for the partnership, taking that year's Gazelle Handicap (gr. I). In what would be her final race for them, Stellar Jayne ran third in the 2004 Breeders' Cup Distaff Presented by Nextel (gr. I). She would change hands about a week later.

Stellar Jayne went through the Keeneland November breeding stock sale as part of the Spendthrift consignment and was bought for $3.6 million by John Ferguson Bloodstock for Sheikh Mohammed. Campaigned in 2005 by Sheikh Mohammed in the name Godolphin Racing, Stellar Jayne scored graded wins in the Ruffian (gr. I) and Top Flight (gr. II) Handicaps. She was bred this year to Storm Cat.

Produced from the Majestic Prince mare Royal Advocator, In the Hunt was bred in Virginia by Daniel G. Van Clief and was twice graded stakes-placed in New York for owner Murray Silver. She retired with five wins from 19 starts and earnings of $89,768. The Gibbonses bought her in 1995 after she had produced her fifth foal. She was in foal to Smarten at the time.

To the Hunt produced a career total of 10 foals, six of which are winners. She is buried at Wind Hill, which is located near Shelbyville, Ky.

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