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Won at 4EVANGELINE MILE H.
( 8f , defeating King Dan, Ide Like a Double, State Power, Overbid, Dreamsandvisions, Gowden Mile, Beta Capo ).
Star Guitar continued his summer hot streak with an impressive 21Ú4-length win over King Dan Aug. 15 in the $148,500 Evangeline Mile Handicap.
Sent off as the 3-5 favorite following a pair of stakes victories over Louisiana-breds in his prior two starts, Star Guitar benefited from a patient ride by jockey Curt Bourque, rallying in deep stretch to draw off to a comfortable win. The victory was the first in open company for the 4-year-old son of Quiet American, who now has captured nine of 12 lifetime starts for earnings of $558,458.
In his most recent foray into open stakes company, Star Guitar finished a strong third to Bullsbay in the May 1 Alysheba Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs. Bullsbay recently annexed the Whitney Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga, while Macho Again, who finished sixth in the Alysheba, won the June 13 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I).
Star Guitar races as a homebred for the Brittlyn Stable of Maurice and Evelyn Benoit. The BenoitÕs son, Tab, is a Grammy-award nominated blues guitarist who is a driving force behind ÒVoice of the Wetlands,Ó a non-profit organization designed to bring attention to the coastal erosion in southern Louisiana. The organization, which was founded in 2004, is made up of volunteers who dedicate their time and resources to developing awareness and educational programs about the loss of wetlands, and what impact these losses will have, not just on the local culture and environment, but globally as well.
Star Guitar is the last reported foal out of the stakes-winning mare, Minit Towinit. A daughter of the Majestic Light stallion, Malagra, Minit Towinit captured the Fantasia Stakes and the Battler Star Handicap for the Benoits during her racing career.
Minit Towinit has been just as successful off the track as she was on. Of her five named foals, all have been winners, with three of them stakes winners. The first was Favorite Minit, a gelded son of champion Favorite Trick who won the Southern Beau Stakes in 2004. Grand Minit, a gelded son of Grand Slam, has won two stakes so far on his way to racking up $285,416 in earnings.
Star Guitar is by far her most successful offspring, with seven of his nine wins coming in stakes. Star Guitar was named champion Louisiana-bred 2-year-old male in 2007. It looks like he may be on his way to adding to his collection.
Quiet American is the sire of 49 stakes winners, including additional 2009 added-money winners Seattle Smooth, winner of the June 13 Ogden Phipps Handicap (gr. I), and Scolara. Quiet American stood the 2009 breeding season for $15,000 at Darley near Lexington.ÑM.J.S
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