by Keith McCalmont/NYRA
There’s A Chance Stable, Medallion Racing, Abbondanza Racing, Parkland Thoroughbreds, Paradise Farms Corp. and David Staudacher’s Horologist made every pole a winning one in Sunday’s $120,000 Summer Colony, at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
A multiple graded-stakes winner – and the 2020 New Jersey-bred Horse of the Year – Horologist broke sharply under Junior Alvarado and never relinquished in the nine-furlong event for older fillies and mares that have not won a graded race in 2021.
Trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, Horologist set splits of :23.66, :47.34, and 1:11.77 with Gibberish tracking her early foot in second position over a good and sealed main track. The pacesetter took the field into the final turn with stalkers So Darn Hot and Gold Spirit inching closer with Gibberish failing to pester.
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As the hours wound down on a remarkable birthday July 24 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Evelyn Benoit took a moment to reflect. The owner of Brittlyn Stable has believed in her stallion Star Guitar from the start of his stud career, and Wednesday Benoit watched at Saratoga Race Course as Minit to Stardom dashed across the line in the $200,000 Honorable Miss Handicap (G2) to become the Louisiana-bred’s first graded stakes winner.
Not only did the 4-year-old filly deliver a 20-1 upset, but earlier in the day her 3-year-old brother Star Fitzstall broke his maiden at Delaware Park, making Benoit’s birthday one to remember.
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Givemeaminit, a two-year-old Louisiana Bred colt by Star Guitar out of Powerful Nation placed third in the G1 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga, Monday September 4, 2017, in his second start. The bay colt from Star Guitar’s second crop, was soundly bumped at the start, then chased wide before tucking in on the rail. When asked, he rallied willingly along the rail to miss by a head and a neck. He was bred, raised and started by Clear Creek Stud and is owned by Valene Farms LLC.