First crop sire Sea the Stars, a dual Cartier Award winner and six-time group I victor in 2009, was represented by his first winner when Stars Over the Sea posted a convincing victory in a 7 1/4-furlong contest in his third start at Ayr Racecourse in Scotland July 22.
Trained by Mark Johnston for Mr. R.S. Brookhouse, the 2-year-old bay colt was bred in Kentucky by William S. Farish and Watership Down Stud and was a $55,000 purchase at the 2012 Keeneland September yearling sale. Stars Over the Sea was produced from the Jeune Homme mare Exciting Times and is a half brother to grade I winner Gorella and stakes winner Porto Santo.
Sea The Stars, who was beaten just once in nine lifetime starts, was undefeated in six starts as a 3-year-old in 2009 while running exclusively in group I company. The son of Cape Cross--Urban Sea, by Miswaki became the first horse in 20 years to win both the Stanjames.com 2,000 Guineas (Eng-I) at Newmarket, and the Investec Derby (Eng-I) at Epsom Downs.
Sea The Stars concluded his career with a win in the prestigious Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I), earning him Cartier honors as champion 3-year-old male and Horse of the Year. He was also highweighted in England, France, and Ireland in 2009.
Seven-year-old Sea The Stars stood the 2013 season for 85,000 Euros (about $112,000) at The Aga Khan's Gilltown Stud in Co. Kildare, Ireland.