After winning easily at second asking as a 2-year-old and
then rattling off another pair of victories, including the $75,000 Sophomore
Turf Stakes in his second start of 2012, it looked like Star Channel could
become one of the shining stars on Todd Pletcher’s deep roster.
colt was sired by English Channel, the Pletcher-trainee who captured the 2007
Breeders’ Cup Turf at Monmouth
Park and was an Eclipse
Award-winning male grass horse. Like father, like son? Not exactly so far.
winning that stakes race at Tampa Bay Downs on April 12, Star Channel lost his
rider in the Grade 2 American Turf Stakes at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby
Day, showed no kick in the Grade 3 Hill Prince at Belmont Park on June 16, and
then faded to fourth in the $100,000 Duluth Stakes after setting the pace
almost all the way at Saratoga last time out on July 22.
he’ll contest the $60,000 Restoration Stakes for 3-year-olds going 1 1/6 miles
on the Monmouth turf course as he tries for his second stakes win.
been running up to par and he needs to run back to form,” said Anthony
Sciametta, Pletcher’s assistant at Monmouth.
Star Channel, who is owned by GDS Racing
Stable, has three wins from eight career starts and has earned $116,570 for the
highest total of the seven sophomores in the field. He will be ridden in the
Restoration by Joe Bravo, who has already won six stakes races, including the
$500,000 Grade 1 United Nations, for Pletcher here to date.