Charles Cono was 84 years old when he sent his first starter to the Breeders’ Cup, and Stardom Bound lived up to his billing as the $1.60-1 favorite by coming from off the pace five-wide into the stretch and then holding off Dream Express by 1 1/2 lengths in the 2008 Juvenile Fillies on Pro-Ride at Santa Anita Park. It was also the first Cup victory for trainer Christopher Paasch, and one of two wins on the opening day Cup card for jockey Mike Smith, who also won the Ladies’ Classic aboard Zenyatta.
The daughter of Tapit, who scored in the Oak Leaf at Santa Anita in her final Cup prep, went on to win the Eclipse Award for 2-Year-Old Filly. Paasch became ill following the Breeders’ Cup, and Cono put his stable star up for sale. She fetched $5.7 million from IEAH Stable and later ran for trainers Bobby Frankel and Richard Dutrow. There was talk of taking on males in the subsequent Triple Crown, but Stardom Bound never made it to any of those races. She was subsequently retired in 2010 for breeding purposes.