Brittlyn Stable’s homebred Star Guitar was honored by the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association as the 2009 Horse of the Year at its annual meeting June 5 at Fair Grounds.
Also named Louisiana champion older male, Star Guitar won seven of nine starts in 2009—all in Louisiana—capped by his romping 7 3/4-length victory in the Dec. 19 Louisiana Classic at Fair Grounds. The now 5-year-old horse is by Quiet American and out of Minit Towinit, who was named the Louisiana Broodmare of the Year.
Overall, Star Guitar has won 12 of 17 lifetime starts and has earned $851,958. He is trained by Al Stall Jr. Brittlyn is owned by Maurice and Evelyn Benoit.
Ide was named the 2009 Stallion of the Year, based on earnings from Louisiana-bred offspring. Ide’s Louisiana-bred progeny earned $2,231,521 last year. The Ide Group owns 17-year-old Ide, who stands at Clear Creek Stud near Folsom, La., for a stud fee of $2,500.
Firal Ryder’s Ryder River Farm, which is in Natchitoches, La., collected the association’s Breeder of the Year award.
Other horses honored were Jac Mac Stable’s Superior Storm (champion Older Filly & Mare); Tom Curtis’ Milwaukee Miracle (champion 3-Year-Old Colt or Gelding); Heiligbrodt Racing’s Seven Seventythree (champion 3-Year-Old Filly); Merrill Scherer, Dan Lynch, and Ken Sentel’s Red Rally (champion 2-Year-Old Colt or Gelding); and Northpointe Thoroughbreds’ The Rumor's True (champion 2-Year-Old Filly).