Star Guitar scores three-peat at Louisiana Showcase Classic
OPELOUSAS — Evelyn Benoit’s Star Guitar ($2.40) the 2009 & 2010 Louisiana Bred Horse-of-the-Year took another step towards another year-end title with his third consecutive win in the $100,000 Louisiana Showcase Night Classic at Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino on Saturday evening. Ridden by regular rider Corey Lanerie, Star Guitar went right to the front and after setting mild early fractions was never really threatened en route to a deceptively easy two-length win over Break Up and third-place finisher Candiano. Trained by Al Stall Jr. the Quiet American six-year-old covered the distance in 1:45.22 on a track labeled fast and has now hit the winner’s circle 18 times from his 24 lifetime starts and has earned more than $1.29 million dollars.
Winning Jockey Lanerie stated “He broke well and no one seemed to want the lead so we ended up there. We were able to just gallop along most of the way, I asked him to run after we turned into the stretch and just gave him four taps with the whip to keep him focused and he did the rest”.
While the Classic anchors the Louisiana Showcase Night, the two divisions of the D. S. “Shine” Memorial Futurity for two-year-olds are the richest events on the program which offers more than $1 million dollars in purses for Louisiana Bred horses. In the filly division, Coteau Kitten remained unbeaten and maiden Broadway King recorded gusty victories in their respective divisions of the “Shine”. In the filly division, Coteau Kitten ($2.80) rallied to take the lead from embattled pace-setters Izzie’s Gold and Secret Pal in the upper stretch then bravely outfinished her entrymate Money for Makeup to earn the lion’s share of the $127,000 purse for owner/breeders Coteau Grove Farms and trainer Patrick Devereux Jr. Ridden by Diego Saenz, the Tale of the Cat homebred covered the 5 furlongs in 59.15. The colts & geldings division was worth $131,800 and Broadway King ($26.20) battled tooth & nail from the start with Courtesy Cat then responded to energetic handling by jockey Trey Agilar in the stretch to score by a half-length over that one in a time of 58.11. Owned by Chance Yelverton and trained by Anthony Agilar, Broadway King earned more than $79,000 for his win, his first in three starts. Purchased at the John Franks Memorial Two-Year-Old in Training Sale held at Evangeline Downs in March, the K One King gelding has now earned more than six times his buying price.