Starr Gate is a Ned Evans-bred daughter of Horse of the Year Mineshaft, who is already the broodmare sire of Kentucky Oaks-G1 winner Cathryn Sophia and other Graded stakes winners like Catalina Cruiser, Coal Front, Eagle, Azar, My Boy Jack, Enticed, Leave the Light On, etc.
Starr Gate is out of Stellar, a $700,000 2-year-old in-training purchase by Demi O’Byrne for Coolmore, who went on to be a debut winner at 2, finish 2nd in the G2 Adirondack Stakes next time out, and at 3 win the Very Subtle Handicap for trainer Patrick Biancone. Stellar is a half-sister to the Grade 1 winner Gygistar, out of Starr County, by Ogygian. Starr County, in turn, is out of the G2-placed winner Ellie Milove, by Dr. Fager — a half-sister to Breeders’ Cup Sprint-G1 winner and Champion Eillo.
So this is a female family with loads of speed, and Starr Gate herself lived up to that by taking a pair of races at 3-years-old, going 6 furlongs and 6-1/2 furlongs. Her lifetime record was (7) 2-2-2, $55,680.
Starr Gate produced her first four foals for New York breeder Kaz Hill Farm, all of them by the house stallion Bank Heist (a Maria’s Mon half to Midnight Lute). Those offspring include:
- 2015 Princess Alana (filly by Bank Heist) — placed so far, with $12,075 in earnings.
- 2016 Starr Gate Jones (filly by Bank Heist) — so far unraced.
- 2017 Starr Kaz (colt by Bank Heist) — so far unraced.
- 2018 (filly by Bank Heist) — retained to race by Starr Gate’s former owner.
Starr Gate’s first foal for her current connections was delivered in April 2020, a Maryland-bred filly by Maryland’s champion freshman sire, Golden Lad (a Housatonic Recommended Mating, which you can read about here). She will be bred back to Wasabi’s new stallion Force the Pass for 2021.
You can check out more photos of Starr Gate here.
Starr Gate’s sire Mineshaft wins the G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup
Champion Eillo, from Starr Gate’s female family, wins the Breeders’ Cup Sprint-G1