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Luskin Star  Born: 2 Sept 1974 Bred: Kaoru Star-Promising Trainer: Max Lees Jockey: John Wade Starts 17 Wins 13 Seconds 3 2yo Triple Crown 1977 Breeders Plate 1976 Silver Slipper 1977 Golden Slipper 1977 AJC Sires Produce 1977 Champagne Stakes 1977 QTC Sires Produce 1977 Marlboro Stakes 1977 (Now J J Atkins) Caulfield Guineas 1977 Expressway Stakes 1978 Phar Lap Stakes 1978 The Galaxy 1978 The “Collosal Colt From The Coalfields” (as dubbed by the late great Ken Howard) record stands tall even in 2018. Passed in at the 1976 Sydney Easter Yearling Sales with a reserve of only $8,000, he was soon after purchased by an little known Newcastle trainer Max Lees for local clients. Luskin Star won on debut at Royal Randwick in the Breeders Plate by a mere 12 lengths running scintillating time on a slow track. After winning the Silver Slipper, he was spelled before resuming at Newcastle in the Northern Slipper Stakes, which became his only 2yo defeat, a narrow one at that behind speedster Mistress Ann. Lees attempted to scratch the colt after heavy rain prior to the race, alas, Stewards denied his request. He then won the Todman Slipper, Golden Slipper by 7 lengths, Sires Produce, Champagne Stakes, QTC Sires and Marlboro in succession to prove he was the best 2yo in the country. In the Spring of 1977 he won the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas, showing he was adept at both clockwise and counterclockwise ways of going. In the Spring of 1978, he was sent to Bart Cummings to be trained following an ownership change. His only unplaced run of his career came in the 1978 W S Cox Plate, where he failed to handle Moonee Valley. His total prize money had he raced in 2017 would have been over $10m. Luskin Star went on to become a champion sire with 342 winners in Australia and earning over $3.2m in prize money, standing at Newhaven Park in the Hunter Valley. He became renowned as a sire of broodmares, passing away in 2002 following a hoof injury.
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Luskin Star ridden by John Wade returns to scale after winning the 1977 Golden Slipper by 7 lengths
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