Strong 2013 debut for Mystical Star in G3 Hillsborough S.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Cheyenne Stables' Mystical Star turned in a strong effort in her 2013 debut on Saturday, March 9th, 2013 at Tampa Bay Downs, finishing third, beaten less than two lengths, in the Grade 3 Hillsborough S. at about 1 1/8-miles on the turf.

The race marked the 5-year-old mare's third consecutive top-three finish in a graded stakes, as she closed out 2012 with seconds in the Grade 1 Spinster S. at Keeneland and the Grade 3 Long Island H. at Aqueduct.Trained by Christophe Clement, Mystical Star was in third from the outset behind a very slow pace set by Old Tune (BRZ). After six furlongs in a dawdling 1:14.00, Mystical Star set down for the drive, but the lack of early speed up front carried the pacesetter to the victory.

Mystical Star, who won the Grade 2 New York H. last year as well, now has career record of 4-3-1 in 12 starts, with earnings of $400,132.