Risen Star Stakes

Risen Star, Louisiana Derby, Lecomte Will All Be Longer In 2020

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has announced that 56 stakes worth a combined $7.13 million will be offered during the upcoming 2019-20 racing season, which is set to begin Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28. “We are proud to once again continue our growth and support of the thoroughbred racing industry with our purse allocations […]

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War Of Will Remains ‘Happy And Healthy’ Ahead Of Louisiana Derby

The wet track conditions were not what the connections were hoping for, but Grade III Lecomte and Grade II Risen Star Stakes winner War of Will marched on and continued to exhibit excellent work ethic in his final breeze for the Grade II $1 million Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby to be run Saturday, March 23 at […]

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Country House Joins Top 10 3-Year-Old Poll; Tribute Paid To Battle Of Midway

Support for Risen Star Stakes runner-up Country House and tributes to the late Grade 1 winner Battle of Midway stood out during a week that featured little change in both the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll and Top Thoroughbred Poll. Country House, trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, enters the 3-year-old […]

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‘Very Bright And Not Tired’: Risen Star Winner War Of Will Pointed To Louisiana Derby

Gary Barber’s War of Will emerged from Saturday evening’s triumph in the Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds in New Orleans, La., in good order according to trainer Mark Casse’s assistant David Carroll who stated that the G2, $1 million Louisiana Derby on March 23 would likely be his next start. “He looked […]

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Gun It’s Connections Hoping For ‘A Little New Orleans Luck’ In Risen Star

Early on in a horse’s 3-year-old year is the time when a lot of developing and learning experiences take place. Many horses that appear quirky and green will eventually blossom into classy, talented top-level runners later in the year. In the case of royally bred Gun It, the connections acknowledge his idiosyncratic tendencies but have […]

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Calhoun Playing Catch-Up With Mr. Money In Risen Star

Successfully campaigning a Thoroughbred is just as much timing as it is skill. Unfortunately, time was not on trainer Bret Calhoun’s side last month when he targeted the Grade 3 Lecomte Stakes  with Mr. Money, but the new member of the 3,000-win club is moving forward and hoping for a big run from the Allied […]

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Equibase Analysis: Contention May Go Deep In Risen Star Stakes

The Grade 2, $400,000 Risen Star Stakes will likely see a big field of 14 break from the gate, with 14 entered plus one also-eligible. Many eyes will be on Grade 3 LeComte Stakes winner War of Will, who breaks from the extreme outside. Although he romped by four lengths in a field of 12 […]

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Two-Time Turf Stakes Winner Henley’s Joy To ‘Take The Shot’ In Risen Star

This time of the year, it’s natural for Thoroughbred owners with promising sophomores to begin having Kentucky Derby hopes and dreams and Jeff Bloom is no exception. Despite having raced exclusively on turf, he’s giving dual stakes winner Henley’s Joy the chance to prove himself on the main track in Saturday’s Grade II $400,000 Risen […]

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Casse: Far Outside Post ‘Shouldn’t Matter’ For War Of Will In Risen Star

At this point, trainer Mark Casse knows what to expect when War of Will steps foot onto the racetrack. On Saturday morning the Grade III Lecomte Stakes winner solidified Casse’s belief that he deserves be considered a major contender on the Road To The Kentucky Derby. The 3-year-old son of War Front hit the Fair […]

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Risen Star: Plus Que Parfait Has ‘Run Some Solid Races,’ But Needs Better Racing Luck

Things didn’t go the way trainer Brendan Walsh hoped that they would when Plus Que Parfait raced in the Grade III Lecomte Stakes last out. However, like any good horseman following a series of unfortunate events, he is putting it behind him and hopes that the son of Point of Entry will see a more […]

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