Multiple stakes winner Starry Dreamer (Rubiano–Lara’s Star, by *Forli), best known as the dam of international leading sire War Front (Danzig), died Aug. 7th due to infirmities of old age at Claiborne Farm. She was 24.
Bred in Kentucky by Charles Nuckols Jr. & Sons, Starry Dreamer was a member of champion sprinter Rubiano’s first crop. She began her career racing for the Russell Reineman Stable, and she became her sire’s first stakes winner by taking the 1996 Gold Digger S. at Hawthorne.
In April 1997, Starry Dreamer was purchased privately by owner/breeder Joseph Allen and won the Palisades S. at Keeneland and the Regret S. at Churchill Downs in her first two starts for her new owner.
Starry Dreamer ran for two more years, repeatedly placing in graded stakes company, including the GI Gazelle H. She made 31 career starts, winning six races and finishing second or third in 15 others for earnings of $564,789.
Retired to Claiborne Farm, Starry Dreamer instantly made her mark as a broodmare. Her first three foals were all graded stakes winners: Ecclesiastic (Pulpit), War Front, and Teammate (A.P. Indy). Additionally, her sons Riviera Cocktail and Jay Gatsby, full brothers by Giant’s Causeway, were multiple graded stakes-placed runners. Starry Dreamer’s final foal is an unraced 2-year-old colt by Medaglia d’Oro named North Dakota.
With War Front, Starry Dreamer left her mark on the breed, as he has gone on to sire 40 individual group/graded stakes winners to date.
Starry Dreamer will be buried in Claiborne Farm’s Marchmont cemetery.