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The winner of the G1 Estrellas Classic at San Isidro on Saturday was the Argentine-bred Star Runner, and his pedigree can be found here. If there is not much in it that is strange, that is the swiftly evolving face of modern South American breeding. It has become increasingly similar to its international counterparts in the lines and in the actual stallions and mares used in the breeding programs of the major studs.

Southern Halo, a beautifully pedigreed stallion who was given the chance of a lifetime when imported to stand at La Quebrada more than 20 years ago, has never looked back. His extraordinary early success in Argentina drew offers from Coolmore that put the bay son of Halo on the reverse shuttle program to stand at stud in Kentucky for a few years, where the star of his Northern Hemisphere produce is More Than Ready.

Star Runner’s dam is by the uncommonly handsome Forty Niner stallion Luhuk, and she is not a stranger to producing stakes winners. Some of her production details follow:

1st dam


Star Brown (ARG) (f. Luhuk), br m by Luhuk. Bred in Argentina by Haras La Quebrada. Two starts at Palermo and San Isidro. Dam of:


Star Lily (ARG) (f. Southern Halo)


STAR PRIZE (ARG) (f. Southern Halo), winner (7f) in 1 start in Argentina, $25.000. 1st Clasico Bolivia (L).


Star Brightly (ARG) (c. Dance Brightly), winner of five starts (6f-1 1/8m) in Argentina, $150.850. 3rd Clasico Vicente L Casares (G3).


STAR BLOOM (ARG) (f. Salt Lake), winner of six races (5f-5 1/2f) in nine starts in Argentina, $263.090. 1st Clasico Republica de Chile (L). 3rd Clasico Carlos Casares (G2).


STAR RUNNER (ARG) (c. Southern Halo), winner of five races (1 as a SH 2yo) (6f-1 1/4m) in Argentina, $1.542.760. 1st Gran Premio República Argentina (G1). 1st Gran Premio Estrellas Classic (G1). 1st Clasico Polla de Potrillos (G2). 2nd Clasico Premio Nacional (G1). 2nd Clasico Polla de Potrillos (G1). 2nd Old Man – Copa 87th Aniversario Revista Palermo (G3). 3rd Clasico Coronel F Martinez (G2).


Star Power (ARG) (c. Southern Halo). Unraced.

2nd Dam

Go Looking (ARG) (f. Lookinforthebigone), 4 starts at Palermo and San Isidro. Dam of:


Star Brown (ARG) (f. Luhuk), see above.


Grandioso (ARG) (c. Luhuk), 3 starts. Stallion.


Good Beauty (ARG) (f. Southern Halo), 2 starts at Palermo; 3rd Jerry Honor H.

3rd Dam

GO TOGETHER (ARG) (f. Go Forth), winner of five races at Palermo, Especial A Troilo, 3rd Clásico España (G3)., Dam of:


Go Looking (ARG) (f. Lookinforthebigone), see above.


Gondwana (ARG) (f. Southern Halo), winner of three races at Palermo and San Isidro, Parlanchin H, 2nd Clásico Velocidad (G3), Clásico Islas Malvinas(L), Clásico Leteo (L).


Garantie (ARG) (f. Merce Cunningham), Unraced. Exported to Brasil. Dam of:


DAVIDE (URU) (c. Much Better), winner of three races (1 as a SH 2yo) (7f-1m) in Uruguay, $1.527.525. 1st Gran Premio Criterium Potrillos(G2). 1st Clásico Gran Premio Polla de Potrillos (G3). 1st Clásico Otoño (L). 2nd Clasico Nacional (G1). 3rd Clásico Manuel Quintela (G3)


Monet (URU) (c. Robin des Pins), Ganador de 2cs. (7f-7 1/2f) y 8 figs. en Uruguay, $292.642. 2º ClÁsico Argentina (L).


GOLFER (ARG) (c. Oceanside), winner of five races at Palermo and La Plata, Polla de Potrillos (G1), Clásico Coronel M F Martinez (G2), Polla de Potrillos (G2). Stallion.


Ganda (ARG) (f. Southern Halo), three starts at Palermo; 2nd cl. Islas Malvinas (L); 3rd cl. México (G3).


Go On (ARG) (c. Louis Quatorze), winner of five races (5f-5 1/2f) in Uruguay, $205.511. 4th Clásico Venezuela.