Astar Thoroughbreds Ends 2012 Summer Racing Season on a High
September 5, 2012
As a basketball coach, I always taught my players to establish a triple threat position
to shoot, drive or pass. In 2012 we wanted to do the same thing in horse racing so we
established a unique goal. We wanted to move from being one of the leading
racehorse owners in Minnesota to being possibly one of the first multi-dimensional
horse operations to hit six figure earnings in the three categories of owning, breeding
and stallion ownership. We had a big finish associated with Sugar Business setting a
race record winning the coveted Northern Lights Futurity, Sue's Stormy being Stakes
Placed running second in the Minnesota Derby, Aroney winning 3 straight races, and
Stormy Bull breaking his maiden on the last day of the season. We were lucky enough
to comfortably reach our 2012 objectives during the 3 month MN summer racing

For years, I've tried to help folks understand how to measure stable efficiency and the
best proxy for doing so is to look at Earnings per Start. We wanted to run our racing
stable over $3,200 per start. We also know that most stables need to run near a
minimum of $2,400 per start in 2012 to approach break even results so it's particularly
gratifying to see that our bred horses, many of which were sold and run for other
owners, ran at a $4,143 per start figure. The $4,932 per start figure for our stallion is
extraordinarily high for a young sire with only a couple crops running so it's nice to
know that broodmare owners were also well rewarded "early", consistent with Stormy
Business being the top earnings per starter sire in Minnesota.

adopted the practice of many leading breeders by selling our best bred horses and
keeping those that though well bred, have some conformation flaws and will not bring
what they are worth in the sales ring. One such kept horse, BJ's Angel severed a rear
tendon when young. After surgery we rehabbed this six figure stakes winning
Demiparfait/Stormy Business filly and she just ran a solid 2nd in a MSW as a 2 year old
at the end of the meet and we expect big things from her next year.

We are just as happy to see horses we bred, and our stallion sired foals, "making
money" for other fine Minnesota owners as we are to see them winning under our
own red and black colors. That's why we sold 4 more Stormy Business sired yearlings in
the 2012 MTA sale after selling 7 live runners to other Minnesota owners in 2011. We
enjoyed a solid "combined record" 2012 and are delighted we hit our "triple threat"
The Delusion of Excellence

Excellence or greatness is possibly one of the most
misunderstood concepts in America today.

See more about The Delusion of Excellence Chapter
in Dave Astar's soon to be published book about
racing, business and gambling probabilities.
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Astar Thoroughbred Awards/Trophies
2013        MTA Stallion Auction Lassie Stakes Champion, BJs Angel, Owned, Bred and Sired
2012        Northern Lights Futurity Champion, Sugar Business, Bred and Sired
2012        MTA Minnesota Broodmare of the Year, Sugar Hills Miss
, Owned
2011        Thoroughbred Times MN Freshman Sire of the Year, Stormy Business
, Owned
2010        Minnesota Distaff Champion, Sasha's Fierce
, Owned
2008        Northern Lights Futurity Champion, Ice Rocket
, Owned
2008        MTA Minnesota 2 Year Old Colt of the Year, Ice Rocket
, Owned
2005        Iowa Cradle Champion, Timetobook
, Owned
2005        ITOBA Iowa 2 Year Old Colt of the Year, Timetobook
, Owned
2005        Iowa Sales Futurity Champion, The KB Kid
, Owned
2005        Timeless Price Stakes Champion, The KB Kid
, Owned
2005        Northern Lights Futurity Champion, The KB Kid
, Owned
2005        MTA Minnesota 2 Year Old Colt of the Year, The KB Kid
, Owned
June 2013
"Aroney Sets
Track Record"

Aroney won his 5th
race for our Astar
Lindquist Stable, and
set a new track record
for 1 1/16 miles on the
turf at Canterbury

Aroney Replay Link
July 2013 "BJs
Angel Wins MTA
Stallion Auction

BJs Angel "broke her
maiden" in the MTA
Stallion Auction Stakes.

While some thought us
nuts for running a
maiden in this race we
knew that a clean trip
would likely bring her
home a winner.Her time
was 2 lengths faster than
the boys Laddie winner.

BJs Angel Replay Link
July 2013 "Stormy
Business Gets Another
Stakes Winner"

With the BJs Angel win, our
Stallion Stormy Business jumped
way up the sire charts! He has
now sired 9.5% stakes winners
per runner over the last two
years and with only 24 foals of
racing age his 8.3% stakes
winners per foal is excellent!

Did you know the BEST Top Ten
sire in the country has only 6.8%
stakes winners per runners this
News and Astar Thoroughbred Articles

Dave Astar looked out his window last Saturday to see Nice To
Meet Me hanging out in the pasture, relaxing with a handful of
retired racehorses. Ordinarily, Astar already would be thinking
about the summer to come, making plans to prepare the
4-year-old thoroughbred for another racing season at
Canterbury Park.
See more of this Star Tribune interview

Back in the late 20th and early 21st century, the powers that
controlled American horse racing were so disjointed that they
had a hard time creating a logical development strategy.  
Something had to be done.
See More

Eight elements that must be re-engineered to save horse
racing. Unfortunately these eight innovations are barely being
considered in 2011.
See More of this letter that was published in The
Thoroughbred Times
Horse Racing's Future "Product Innovation"

The key economic measure for horse racing is parimutuel wagering. Minnesota may be immune to negative effects due to the Mystic Lake arrangement but
there's much to do nationwide.
Click Here to See More
August 2013 "Supremo Struckgold Strikes Gold,
Not Silver"

Supremo finally picked up his 2nd win after running 2nd 7
times! With only the two wins, he pushed his earnings over
$60,000 because he always seems to get a piece of the pie.
Here his race replay link if you want to watch.
Supremo Replay Link