Star Guitar and Superior Storm both remained unbeaten in Louisiana-bred stakes company on Saturday night, when they defended their titles in the two richest races on the $1 million Premier Night program at Delta Downs.
Star Guitar rolled home by 3 1/2 lengths in the $200,000 Championship to improve his Louisiana-bred stakes record to 9 for 9. Superior Storm is now 12 for 12 in statebred stakes after her neck score in the $150,000 Distaff.
The races were two of six stakes on the second most lucrative night of racing at Delta behind Jackpot Night. There were also four rich starter races on the program, with all of the races restricted to horses bred in Louisiana.
Star Guitar ($2.60) raced about five or six lengths off the early pace in the Championship. He then advanced down the backside, took the lead in the stretch and drew clear to cover 1 1/16 miles on a fast track in 1:45.71. Snug finished second, a length in front of third-place finisher Ide Like a Double.
Curt Bourque rode Star Guitar for Brittlyn Stable and trainer Al Stall Jr.
The win was one of two on the program for Stall and Bourque, who also teamed up to take the $125,000 Starlet for 3-year-old fillies with Shezacrazygirl ($6). She closed from eighth for a three-length win over Sheza Sexy A.P.
Superior Storm ($3.40) broke last in the Distaff and moved up to fifth through an opening half-mile in 48.28 seconds. By the stretch she was up by three, and in the late stages held off the rush of Seven Seventythree. Superior Storm covered the one-mile distance for fillies and mares in 1:40.54. It was another 2 1/4 lengths back in third to Zarb's Ballerina.
Luis Quinonez rode Superior Storm for Jac Mac Stables and trainer Rick Jackson.
In other stakes action, Redsugar ($73.60) led throughout to upset the $125,000 Prince by 4 1/4 lengths over Heavenville. Kirk LeBlanc was aboard for trainer Frank Trosclair.
* John Charles ($19.40) was up for a half-length win over Rail Ridge in the $100,000 Sprint, covering five furlongs in 58.29 seconds. Francisco Torres rode the winner for trainer Sam Breaux.
* Flawless Gold ($25.40) used front-running tactics for a length and three-quarter-length win over Yare in the $100,000 Matron. Nathan Puello was aboard for trainer Maynard Chatters.