Risen Star

‘Strong’ Possibility Bravazo Will Return For Louisiana Derby

Following a narrow victory in Saturday’s Grade II Risen Star Stakes, one might expect to see Bravazo return to the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots for the Gr. II $1 million Louisiana Derby on Mar. 24 as Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas said it would be a “strong” possibility. One could also expect to see the 3-year-old son […]

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Calumet’s Bravazo Takes Risen Star By A Nose Over Snapper Sinclair

None of the late-running colts could get to the leaders Bravazo and Snapper Sinclair down the lane in Saturday’s G2 Risen Star. That game pair of sophomores battled it out all the way to the wire, with Calumet’s homebred Bravazo just getting his nose down in front at odds of 21-1. Ridden by Miguel Mena […]

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Weekend Lineup: 50 Points On The Line In Risen Star

A 50-point race leading up to the 2018 Kentucky Derby highlight this weekend’s graded stakes action. Saturday features the G2 Risen Star at the Fair Grounds, led by Lecomte winner Instilled Regard, and Monday’s card at Oaklawn offers 10 points in the G3 Southwest Stakes. Instilled Regard will face the well-regarded Todd Pletcher trainee Noble […]

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Derby Dispatch: Instilled Regard, Mourinho, And The Japan Road To The Kentucky Derby

There is one “sure thing” on this year’s Road to the Kentucky Derby: compelling drama will be abundant. Over the next nine weekends, 3-year-old Thoroughbreds will continue their quest for points in select races to secure a berth in the starting gate for the 144th running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve […]

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Lukas Commits ‘Competitive’ Grade 1-Placed Bravazo To Saturday’s Risen Star

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas considered cross entering Gr. II $400,000 Risen Star Stakes entrant Bravazo in Oaklawn Park’s Grade III $500,000 Southwest Stakes on Monday Feb. 19, but the conditioner will opt to send the 3-year-old son of Awesome Again to the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots for Saturday’s race. “I’m committing him to the race […]

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Risen Star: Pletcher Trainee Noble Indy Shows ‘A Tremendous Amount Of Talent’

Trainer Todd Pletcher seems to always have his hands full this time of year with solid Kentucky Derby possibilities and this year appears to be no exception. On Saturday, Pletcher’s army of Derby hopefuls will be represented by Noble Indy in the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots’ Grade II $400.000 Risen Star Stakes, the second of […]

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Hollendorfer Pleased With Instilled Regard’s ‘Tactical Speed’ In Lecomte

The morning after his 3 3/4-length victory in the Lecomte, Instilled Regard pleased trainer Jerry Hollendorfer with his appetite and attitude. According to drf.com, the son of Arch is under consideration for the Risen Star on Feb. 17 at the Fair Grounds. In the meantime, Instilled Regard will return to his home base of Southern California. […]

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Mask Could Point Toward Risen Star, Depending On Training

Following an emphatic 6¼-length victory in Saturday’s Mucho Macho Man Stakes at Gulfstream Park, trainer Chad Brown could send promising 3-year-old Mask to the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots for the Gr. II $400,000 Risen Star Stakes on Feb. 17. “I’m considering the Risen Star,” Brown said by text message. “We’ll see how he […]

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Girvin Has ‘Earned Some Time’; Colt Ruled Out Of Breeders’ Cup Classic

Though Brad Grady’s Girvin earned an expenses-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup Classic by virtue of his win in the Grade 1 Haskell, the 3-year-old son of Tale of Ekati won’t be entered in the early November race at Del Mar. Instead, reports drf.com, he will be enjoying the easy life for the next 60 days […]

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Roussel Records 1000th Career Victory With Homebred Heavens Whisper

Trainer Louie Roussel, III recorded his 1,000th career training victory in Friday’s fourth race at Arlington International Racecourse with his homebred Heavens Whisper. “Thanks, and praise the Lord,” Roussel said. “Everyone has been so kind to me my whole life in this business. I want to thank the valets, the gate crew, the exercise guys, […]

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