Starr Gate is a 2009 mare by Mineshaft out of Stellar, by Grand Slam.
She 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 one of five winners out of Stellar, who was a $700,000 2-year-old in-training purchase by Demi O’Byrne for Coolmore and 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). Her lone foal to race so far has placed with $14,080 in earnings. Her 3YO gelding Starr Kaz has breezed at Rising Sun Training Center in New Jersey, while she also has a 2YO filly that has been named Dandy Shandy.
Not bred for 2019, Starr Gate delivered a Maryland-bred filly by Maryland’s champion freshman sire Golden Lad on April 16, 2020. Starr Gate is back in foal on a single cover (LBD 5/15) to Grade 1 winner and millionaire Force the Pass for 2021 — a cross which has produced 2020 graded stakes winners Finite, Bonny South, Flagstaff, Lexitonian, etc.
Starr Gate is currently located at St. Omer’s Farm in Forest Hill, MD, and available for inspection. For pricing and any additional questions, call George Adams at (617) 595-8849 or email [email protected]