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: