Risen Star

‘Need To Give Him A Rest’: Country House Won’t Race Again In 2019

Trainer Bill Mott told drf.com that the 2019 Kentucky Derby winner Country House will not race again this season, because he has been unhappy with the colt’s progress since being moved up via the historic disqualification of Maximum Security on the first Saturday in May. Country House was originally ruled out of the Preakness and the […]

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Ortiz Doubles Up As Plus Que Parfait Digs In For UAE Derby Triumph

Trainer Brendan Walsh made a radical decision when Plus Que Parfait didn’t fire in the G2 Risen Star Stakes on Feb. 16, moving the 3-year-old from the Fair Grounds to South Florida. He began planning a trip to Dubai for the son of Point of Entry, and on Saturday the Imperial Racing-owned ridgling delivered a […]

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After ‘Extensive Testing,’ War Of Will ‘Cleared To Start His Training Regimen’

G3 Lecomte and G2 Risen Star winner War of Will has officially been cleared to resume training, trainer Mark Casse reported on Twitter this Friday. “I’m happy to report that WOW went through extensive testing yesterday which included x-rays and ultrasound,” Casse wrote. “He was cleared to start his training regimen which began today at […]

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War Of Will Records ‘Beautiful Piece Of Work’ Toward Louisiana Derby

Not a thing has changed with the way two-time Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots graded stakes winner War of Will has trained and the connections wouldn’t have it any other way. In his most important work in preparation for the Grade II $1 million Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby on March 23, trainer Mark Casse’s assistant […]

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Mott: Hidden Scroll ‘Seems Bright’ After Loss, Country House Headed For Louisiana Derby

Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott has not lost faith in his early candidates for the Kentucky Derby, despite Fountain of Youth favorite Hidden Scroll’s somewhat disappointing fourth-place finish after setting a rapid early pace. “He came out of it well,” Mott told drf.com. “He doesn’t seem to be knocked out. Acts pretty darn good. […]

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War Of Will ‘Great As Ever,’ Dream Maker ‘Very Good’ In Fair Grounds Breezes

Rain or shine, business typically goes on as planned at Mark Casse’s stable at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, so a sealed and muddy main track early Saturday morning did not deter assistant David Carroll from working two of the stable’s prized 3-year-olds. Owned by Gary Barber, two-time graded stakes winner War of Will […]

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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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War Of Will Jumps To Second In NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll

An emphatic victory by War of Will in the Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds this past Saturday was enough to elevate the Mark Casse-trainee to the No. 2 position behind champion Game Winner in this week’s National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll. Owned by Gary Barber, War of Will captured […]

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War Of Will Delivers As Heavy Favorite In Risen Star; Country House A Good Second

The major obstacle facing Gary Barber’s War of Will in Saturday’s G2 Risen Star Stakes was his draw of the 14-post. Trainer Mark Casse wasn’t terribly worried, however, and the 3-year-old War Front colt showed he wouldn’t be hampered by it either. Ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, War of Will used his speed to a good […]

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Weekend Lineup: In Search Of A Rising Star

Saturday’s graded stakes action is highlighted by the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds, the first 50-point race on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. Mark Casse-trained War of Will is the expected favorite, but the full field of 14 features several solid underdogs in Country House, Plus Que Parfait, Owendale, and Limonite. […]

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