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02/07/02 Luskin Star's Race for Life is Over
Australian racing is rarely treated to seeing a two-year-old as good as Luskin Star. Sadly, the great son of Kaoru Star was put down yesterday after battling athritis.

A winner of the 1977 Golden Slipper by some seven lengths, the Max Lees trained colt was Crowned the Champion 2YO of 1976-77 and the Top Rated Sprinter at 3 a season later.

From 17 starts on the track the attractive chestnut flying machine scored thirteen wins and three secons - all in stakes class.

Luskin Star, who is from the Idomeneo mare Promising, made a dynamic start to his career on the track when he won the Breeders' Plate by 14 lengths on debut.

As well as winning the Slipper he also won the Caulfield Guineas, QTC Sires' Produce Stakes, Champagne Stakes, AJC Sires' Produce Stakes, The Galaxy, Marlboro Stakes, Todman Slipper Trial, Phar Lap Stakes, Cameron Handicap, Silver Slipper Stakes and the Expressway Stakes.

At stud he was represented by the Group One winners Flying Luskin (Wellington Cup), Midnight Fever (Blue Diamond Stakes) and Nick's Joy (Epsom Handicap).

Luskin Star is now very well known as a leading broodmare sire. His daughters have produced a swag of Group One winners including Merlene, Paint, Miss Pennymoney, Dashing Eagle, Minegold, French Resort as well as boom young sires Strategic, Clang and Shovhog. As well his sons at stud include Covetous and Fiesta Star.

Rising 28, Luskin Star was euthanased at Newhaven Park Stud, near Boorowa in New South Wales, yesterday.

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