Star of Cozzene’s spirited rivalry with two-time Breeders’ Cup hero Lure caught the fancy of an entire nation and inspired comparisons to the matches between Alydar and Affirmed decades earlier.
In the Early Times turf series, Lure beat Star of Cozzene at Churchill Downs and Pimlico, but was deprived of a $1 million bonus when the Team Valor horse upset the Claiborne charge at Belmont Park in the Manhattan Handicap, the final leg of the series. Star of Cozzene also beat Lure in the Caesar’s International at Atlantic City.
Star of Cozzene subsequently won the Arlington Million by the longest margin at the shortest odds in the race’s history and ended his Team Valor career by easily winning the Grade 1 Man o’ War Stakes at Belmont Park.
After earning more than $2 million for his Team Valor investors, Star of Cozzene was sold for $3 million to a Japanese horseman near the end of his racing career. He is at stud in Japan.
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