Star of Night
Star of Night cruised in the My Sister Pearl Stakes. Photo by Coady Photography.

Star of Night gave the betting public what it expected last night, dominating her overmatched rivals en route to a three-length score in the $75,000 My Sister Pearl Stakes at Charles Town Races. The win was her ninth consecutive, including five this year.

Star of Night, off at 1-9, paid $2.20 to win. With 31-1 outsider Boundtobebad in second, the exacta paid $8.40 for a one-dollar wager.

With the win, Star of Night virtually wraps up honors as top older West Virginia-bred distaffer, but it’s less likely she’ll be able to defend her crown as state-bred horse of the year. Her stablemate Muad’dib wrapped up a perfect season of his own last week with a win in the A Huevo, and he took the West Virginia Breeders’ Classic, the top race for state-breds.

Either way, there’s no question of Star of Night’s position atop her division. In last night’s My Sister Pearl, she stalked the moderate pace of Boundtobebad, engaged that rival on the last of three turns, and drew away to the easy win in 1:54.69 for one mile and one-eighth. 

Boundtobebad held second, while Door Buster, winner of the WV Tourism Office Breeders’ Classic last month, was up for third, a neck ahead of WVBC Distaff winner Stowe Angel.

A daughter of Creative Cause, Star of Night is out of the winning Malibu Moon mare Splendiferous Moon. She was bred in West Virginia by Heinz Steinmann and is owned by Heinz and Eric Steinmann’s Huntertown Farm LLC.

Star of Night is trained by Jeff Runco and was ridden Saturday, as usual, by Arnaldo Bocachica. Saturday’s score, her sixth in stakes company, gave her 11 wins in 13 career starts. She has earned $365,501 in her career.