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Star Standard

Star Standard
Sire Risen Star
Dam Hoist Emy's Flag
Grandsire Secretariat
Damsire Hoist The Flag
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1992
Country United States
Color Dark Brown
Breeder Highclere, Inc. & Louis Roussel III
Owner William Condren
Trainer Nick Zito
Record 25: 7-4-3
Earnings US$1,121,512
Star Standard is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Hoist Emy's Flag by Risen Star. He was born around 1992 in the United States, and was bred by Highclere, Inc. & Louis Roussel III.
Major wins
Pimlico Special Handicap(1996)
Lexington Stakes (1995)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Star Standard (foaled in 1992, euthanized 1997) is a millionaire American Thoroughbred racehorse and successful sire. Bred in Kentucky by Highclere, Inc. & Louis Roussel III and raced under the William Condren banner as his owner. He was sired by top stallion Risen Star, who in turn was a son of the great Secretariat. His dam was Hoist Emy's Flag daughter of graded stakes winner Hoist The Flag. He finished racing with a record of 7-4-3 in 25 starts with career earnings of $1,121,512. Star Standard was best known for his win in the grade one Pimlico Special and his runner-up finish in the grade one Belmont Stakes.[1]


Two year-old season

Star Standard was higly sought after at the auction ring being the grandson of Secretariat. Star Standard got a late start to his racing career and only raced twice as a two year-old and only won a maiden special weight race in his second attempt.

Three year-old season

As a three year-old, Star Standard began improving in the spring of 1995. After a disappointing ninth place finish to Thunder Gulch, Suave Prospect and Mecke in the Florida Derby he shipped to Kentucky. Nick Zito had three races circled on his schedule to choose from, they included; the Blue Grass Stakes, the Lexington Stakes and the Arkansas Derby. The path of least resistance seemed to point Star Standard in the direction of the grade two Lexington Stakes. In that race, Star Standard broke well and shot right to the lead. Jockey Pat Day kept him at a stout but restrained pace and the rest of the field was content to sit back. Day continued one of his patented rides and took Star Standard wire to wire for a three length win over Royal Mitch and Guadalcanal. With only two weeks until the Kentucky Derby, Zito decided to pass the Derby and run in the second jewel of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes.

In the $500,000 Preakness, Star Standard was bumped coming out of the gate. He was pushed back into the rear tier but jockey Chris McCarron charged him up to the leader Mystery Storm. At the 5/16th pole he put a head in front while splitting rivals. He held on well until the final sixteenth and weekend to finish fourth still earning a check. Nick Zito had a legitimate excuse in the Preakness and decided to send him on to the Belmont. In the Belmont Stakes, Star Standard ran the race of his life and finished second to Dual Classic winner Thunder Gulch.

In the late summer and early fall of the year, Zito decided to run Star Standard against the best older horses in training in two races. In the first of those races he finished a strong second in September to the incomparable Cigar in the grade one Woodward Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. In the second, Cigar again dominated the field in the grade one Jockey Club Gold Cup in October as Star Standard ran third to he and Unaccounted For.

Four year-old season

At the beginning of his four year-old season in 1996, Star Standard ran a courageous race in the grade one Gulfstream Park Handicap leading almost the entire race. Near the wire the gray Wekiva Springs wore down Star Standard a beat him by a half length.

Later that year, Star Standard began to train like gangbusters and Zito needed to find a race to test his sharpened skills. He entered him in the $600,000 grade one Pimlico Special Handicap at "Old Hilltop" in Baltimore, Maryland. Star Standard broke from gate four and rushed straight to the lead under jockey Pat Day. He was the longest shot in the short field at Pimlico Race Course at 6-1 but he didn't act that way. Going into the far turn, Star Standard had led every step of the way in the first three quarters of a mile. At the top of the stretch, Key of Luck, Geri and Wekiva Springs all made a strong bid at the leader but failed to ever gain even terms. Star Standard won by an even length in front of Key of Luck. Geri finished almost seven lengths back in third and the 4-5 favorite Wekiva Springs could do no better than fourth, nine lengths back. Star Standard avenged his Gulfstream loss. Later that year he broke down while racing and was euthanized.


  1. Pedigree Online, Thoroughbred Database;[1].


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