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Starlite Delight Impresses at Los Al

Daylight maiden winner likely headed to Ed Burke Million Futurity trials.

May 20, 2012

Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos Race Course track announcer and expert Quarter Horse handicapper Ed Burgart shared his thoughts about Starlite Delight with about 100 yards still left to go in the impressive gray filly’s highly anticipated debut in Saturday’s third race.

“This is the most impressive 2-year-old I’ve seen all year,” Burgart declared during his call of the race.

The high praise was fully deserved. Starlite Delight put her imprint on the 300-yard dash right from the start thanks to a sensational break. Halfway through the race, the Separatist filly out of a daughter of 1999 AQHA Broodmare of the Year Fortune Of Delight had a 2 ¼-length lead and by the time she crossed the wire she had a 3 ½-length lead. If this would have been a 350-yard race, she would have likely won it by five lengths. Racing for the ownership of Randy Geiselman and the late Kim Kessinger, the Eaves Horses Family Limited Partnership-bred runner covered the distance in a meet’s best time for a 2-year-old of :15.306.

As cool as she was in the running of the race, Starlite Delight showed nervousness entering spot number 10 in the starting gate.

“There were a couple of horses acting up and I think the noise and all the activity made her a little nervous,” jockey Francisco Rubio said. “When we left, she just took off. She was running like she was scared of something. She was flying. I didn’t expect to run as fast as she did. She totally impressed me.”

Trainer Juan Aleman has had his share of impressive juveniles winners this season including a pair of qualifiers to Sunday’s Grade 2 Kindergarten Futurity in the form of the undefeated filly The Cartel Straw and the PYC Paint Your Wagon gelding To Catch This Wagon and the likes of maiden winners Bon Accord, Tres Especial, Watch This Linda Ballet and Cartel Karma.

“Starlite Delight ranks right up there with some of my better 2-year-olds,” Aleman said. “And this is probably was the most impressive win I’ve seen this year as well. We’ve been high on this filly from the start. We’ve had her for a while. My team broke her at (Moonlight Farms in Redlands) so we know her well. She’s done everything right in the mornings and she always wants to please. She’s well-bred so that’s the foundation right there. She’s a full sister to the champion Inseperable. That’s where it all starts – the breeding.”

Inseperable earned $672,756 in a notable racing career that included the titles of champion 3-year-old and champion 3-year-old colt in 2009 after winning the Grade 1 All American Derby and Grade 1 Rainbow Derby. Starlite Delight’s mother is A Delightful Legacy, who won the Restricted Grade 3 All American Juvenile Invitational while also running in the Los Alamitos Million Futurity (G1) in 2003.

“Starlite Delight is not very big,” Aleman said. “She’s actually small, but that’s fine because she doesn’t have all that weight. I think that helps to keep a horse sound. She does have good balance and is well put together.”

Aleman has fond memories of the highly respected horseman Kim Kessinger.

“Kim gave me a great opportunity to train his horses,” he said. “I met him during the Whosleavingwho days. We were only acquaintances, but he would always come up and shake my hand. He would tell me that he would send me a horse one day. He did just that last year when he sent me Starlite Delight’s half sister Delight At Night, who was an allowance winner here. Kim gave me the opportunity to get to know some great first class people like Randy Geiselman and the Eaves Family. They’re unbelievable people and I’m fortunate to continue to have the opportunity to train for them. Kim’s wife, Lila, called me and she said to go on with the horses just like Mr. Kessinger would want. This is a nice victory for them.”

Aleman noted that the Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) trials are next for Starlite Delight. The trainer will give her a week off and then begin to prepare for the Ed Burke trials that are set for Sunday, June 10.