Louisiana-bred millionaire and stakes king Star Guitar has been retired due
to a recurring quarter-crack that kept the son of Quiet American out of a
fourth-peat bid in Saturday's Evangeline Mile Handicap.
"He's been good to us every day of his life," trainer Al Stall Jr. told Steve
Haskin of The Blood-Horse. "I thought his quarter crack from last year
was gone, but it showed up in the same place and would have taken a long time
for it to grow back healthy. He'd done enough for us so we sent him on his way."
Star Guitar was riding a 10-race win streak that dated back to December 2010
at Fair Grounds. The bay horse has won more often that not in his time on track,
racking up a 24-0-2 mark from 30 starts. Of his four unplaced finishes, three
resulted in fourth-place runs, including the Grade 2 New Orleans Handicap and
Grade 3 Texas Mile. One of his thirds came in the Grade 3 Alysheba Stakes in
The seven-year-old is a homebred of Maurice and Evelyn Benoit's Brittlyn
Stable, and compiled a total of 22 stakes wins during his six years on track.
Many of those were repeat wins in such events as the Louisiana Premier Night
Championship at Delta Downs and Louisiana Champions Day Classic at Fair Grounds.
Star Guitar retires as the richest Louisiana-bred in history with $1,749,862
in lifetime earnings. He earned that distinction when capturing the Costa Rising
Stakes at Fair Grounds on April 1, and merely added to his lucrative bankroll
with victory in the Louisiana Legends Classic at Evangeline Downs on June 30.
That race turned out to be the bay horse's swan song.
"He deserves it," Evelyn Benoit said following her runner's historic score in
the Costa Rising. "I'm thrilled. I love Louisiana."