Star Guitar, one of the best Louisiana-breds ever, won the Louisiana Champions Day Classic for the third year in a row on Saturday at Fair Grounds, capturing the statebred-restricted $150,000 stakes by 1 1/4 lengths over Populist Politics.
Rewilding, third in the 2010 English Derby, won the biggest race of his career in Saturday's $5 million Sheema Classic at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, giving jockey Frankie Dettori his second winner of the Dubai World Cup undercard.
An unlikely winner joined a familiar weathered face in the Arlington Park winner's circle Sunday, as Major Rhythm, all $73.40 of him, won the Stars and Stripes Handicap by a desperate head, with 59-year-old Hall of Famer Earlier Fires aboard.
They've squared off twice, and the score is Sarafan 2, Beat Hollow 0. The incipient rivalry between two of the country's best turf horses is perceived as one-sided - the two-time loser clearly is best.