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2YO Filly Eclipse Award: Stardom Bound

Stardom Bound dominated her division.

Every so often a juvenile filly comes along that just dominates her competition, and Stardom Bound did just that in 2008. What makes her accomplishments even more dramatic is she was able to inhale her rivals with hold-your-breath, last-to-first moves.

A daughter from the first crop of Tapit , out of the Tarr Road mare My White Corvette, Stardom Bound first showed her brilliance at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s March select sale of 2-year-olds. Trainer Christopher Paasch watched as she zipped three furlongs in :33 and change. He went to $375,000 to buy her for 84-year-old owner Charles Cono and shipped her to California.

She surfaced in a maiden special weight at Del Mar and rallied from 10th and last to miss by a nose going 51⁄2 furlongs, then again came from off the pace to run second in the 61⁄2-furlong Sorrento Stakes (gr. III). Adding some distance to her races translated into three consecutive victories in grade I stakes. The combined winning margin in her three victories was 91⁄4 lengths. She won the Sept. 1 Del Mar Debutante (gr. I), the Sept. 27 Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. I) and the Oct. 24 Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. Watching on that day at Oak Tree were Stardom Bound’s breeders, Fletcher and Carolyn Gray and John Youngblood.

Cono, co-owner of the Southern California-based real estate investment and management firm Hanken, Cono, Assad & Co., was beginning to gear down his Thoroughbred holdings in 2008 before Stardom Bound came along. He entered his prized filly in the Fasig-Tipton November select sale where she sold for $5.7 million to IEAH Stables. She is now in training in Southern California with Bobby Frankel.