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The Starlight Post – 2020 Spring Newsletter

Starlight Racing

As the racing world has been upended by COVID-19, Starlight Racing partners still have much to look forward to!

Charlatan, now 2 for 2 and having earned two triple digit Beyer numbers along the way (the 2 highest Beyer figures of any 3 year old this year), will be running in this weekend’s G1 Arkansas Derby. This will be his toughest test to date but he is still the even-money, morning-line favorite. The G1 Arkansas Derby will be run in two divisions. Charlatan is in the first division.

Saturday’s races can be viewed from 1-8:00 p.m. EDT on FS1; 3-6:00 p.m. EDT on NBC; 6-8:00 p.m. on NBCSN; and all day long on TVG.

Authentic, now 3 for 3 with two graded stakes wins this year (G3 Sham Stakes & G2 San Felipe Stakes), has been given a bit of a freshener while remaining in trainer Bob Baffert’s Santa Anita division. He is now back on a regular work schedule but his next race is yet to be determined.

StarLadies Racing

While two-year-old racing has been impacted all over the country with the COVID-19 related closures, cancellations and postponements of racetracks and races, our StarLadies 2-year-old fillies continue to train forwardly with hopes of running soon!

Flatterful (pictured here) has been doing great while training at Payton Training Center and shipped to Todd Pletcher’s Palm Beach Downs division on April 30th where her preparations for racing will intensify.

Jordan’s Leo is on a regular training schedule (galloping and breezing) at Payton Training Center.

Sophiery (pronounced so fiery) is moving along nicely and will continue on a weekly work schedule at Payton Training Center.

Feature: Q & A with Todd Pletcher and Bob Baffert

Have you considered establishing a base or a more permanent satellite string in Kentucky? Read More…

Bob Baffert

“…That’s the reason I’m not using Drayden Van Dyke at Oaklawn this week…” Read More…

Feature: What are the racetracks doing to aid and support their backstretch and local communities during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Churchill Downs is hosting an at-home Kentucky Derby party on May 2 to raise $2 million for COVID-19 emergency relief efforts… among other efforts.

Keeneland has teamed with several Central Kentucky community organizations to create Nourish Lexington, an initiative to utilize hospitality workers who are recently unemployed due to COVID-19 closings as well as other community food assets to provide meals to those in need of immediate access to food… among other efforts.

The New York Racing Association (NYRA) has supported their backstretch community by working with the Belmont Child Care Association to collect donations of diapers, wipes, powdered milk, formula, etc. They are also helping to collect donations for the New York Racing Chaplaincy to restock its food pantry… among other efforts.

The Stronach Group is supporting their backside communities at Santa Anita and Gulfstream Park through donations to the California Thoroughbred Horsemen Foundation and His Place Ministries… among other efforts.

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club is supporting its local community by working with the San Diego Food Bank to set up a “drive-thru” food distribution for low-income families adversely affected by COVID-19 disruptions… among other efforts.

Breeders’ Cup is supporting backstretch communities and other industry stakeholders affected by the COVID-19 pandemic with an initial donation of $25,000 to the Race Track Chaplaincy of America, which will be allocated to various local backstretch communities… among other efforts.

You can see the complete list of everything the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition tracks are doing to aid and support their communities here.

2020 Partnerships

Join a winning team in 2020!

It is time to start forming our 2020 partnerships for Starlight and StarLadies Racing!

Partnerships begin to form now through June and are then finalized in June and July with no money due until September.

If you are interested in becoming a Starlight or StarLadies Racing partner, please reach out to Donna Barton Brothers with interest or inquiries as soon as possible.

Please note that we are creating a brand new website for Starlight Racing partners so, while is back up and running, our Partner Portal (partners only section) is still under construction.

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