Risen Star

Modernist Posts Front-Running Upset In Second Division Of Risen Star

A maiden winner over nine furlongs at Aqueduct in early January, Pam and Martin Wygod’s homebred Modernist was dismissed at odds of 12-1 in Saturday’s second division of the Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes. The 3-year-old by Uncle Mo broke sharply and rushed up to battle for the lead early, then dug in through the […]

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Mr. Monomoy Powers Home On Top In First Division Of Risen Star

The half-brother to champion Monomoy Girl, Mr. Monomoy lived up to his breeding with a 2 1/2-length victory in Saturday’s Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds. The 3-year-old son of Palace Malice grabbed the lead at the start, turned back a challenge from Blackberry Wine at the head of the lane, and […]

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Weekend Lineup: Risen Star Times Two

Good times are set to roll at Fair Grounds this weekend as its “Louisiana Derby Preview Day” will feature two divisions of the Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes and the seasonal debut of champion British Idiom in the Grade 2 Rachel Alexandra. The first races designated as part of the “Championship Series” portion of the […]

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Owner Chester Thomas ‘Riding High’ With Three Shots In Risen Star

With five graded stakes wins and a Kentucky Derby horse, the past year seems like a dream to Allied Racing’s Chester Thomas. The calendar has flipped to 2020, but he still hasn’t been pinched. “It’s been an enormous wave and we’re still riding high,” Thomas said of his recent success. “It’s always fun to win, […]

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23 Entrants In Risen Star: Fair Grounds To Split Derby Points Race Into Two Divisions

With a total of 23 sophomores entered in next Saturday’s Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes, the Fair Grounds racing office made the decision to offer two splits of the $400,000 Kentucky Derby points race. Each division will carry the original $400,000 purse and award full “Championship Series” Kentucky Derby (G1) qualifying points (50-20-10-5). For the […]

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Blinkers, Change To Rosario Will Be Key For Anneau D’Or In Risen Star

Forced to play catch up on last year’s Road to the Kentucky Derby with Anothertwistafate, who was eventually rerouted to the Preakness (G1), trainer Blaine Wright and owner Peter Redekop chose to plot a different course when blessed with another potential Triple Crown contender in Anneau D’or. With runner-up performances in both the Breeders’ Cup […]

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Trainer Calhoun Exuding ‘Confidence’ In Pair Of Sophomore Talents

Last year at this time, trainer Bret Calhoun had a pair of promising three-year-olds in the barn in By My Standards and Mr. Money, both for Allied Racing Stable LLC. The former upset the Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby (G2), while the later would go on to take down a quartet of graded stakes. Only time will […]

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Breeders’ Cup Runner Up Anneau D’Or Will Chase Derby Points In Risen Star

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile runner-up Anneau d’Or will likely make his 3-year-old debut in the Fair Grounds’ G2 Risen Star Stakes on Feb. 15, reports Horse Racing Nation. The son of Medaglia d’Oro has been working toward that end on the synthetic surface at Golden Gate, and the 50 points offered to the winner of the Risen […]

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Independence Hall ‘Did Just Enough’ In Sunday Work At Tampa

That was trainer Michael Trombetta’s message this morning to his assistant and exercise rider, Sarah Shaffer – as well as area racing fans who hope to see unbeaten 3-year-old colt Independence Hall in action at Tampa Bay Downs on Feb. 8 in the Grade III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes. Trombetta was in touch with […]

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Enforceable, Finite To Be Pointed Toward Risen Star, Rachel Alexandra

On Saturday, February 15, Fair Grounds will play host to “Louisiana Derby Preview Day presented by Lamarque Ford-Lincoln”. Highlighted by a pair of key races for the three-year-olds on the Road to the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve and the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1), the six stakes events will offer combined purses of $1.25 […]

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