Risen Star

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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‘Imposing’ Country House An Intriguing Risen Star Entrant For Trainer Bill Mott

As a Thoroughbred owner, it’s easy to get caught up in the moment, especially if you have a horse that’s entered in a Road To The Kentucky Derby qualifying race. Owner Guinness McFadden, however, is taking a more realistic approach and is determined not to catch any Derby fever symptoms with Grade II $400,000 Risen […]

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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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Baffert Won’t Ship Chasing Yesterday For Fair Grounds’ Rachel Alexandra

Chasing Yesterday, the Grade 1-winning half-sister to Triple Crown champion American Pharoah, will not start in Saturday’s G2 Rachel Alexandra Stakes at the Fair Grounds, according to drf.com. Trainer Bob Baffert is not shipping the filly or his Risen Star entrant Kingly to Louisiana. Both Chasing Yesterday and Kingly drew outside posts: Chasing Yesterday drew post […]

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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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Lecomte Winner War Of Will ‘Acts Like He Didn’t Even Really Run,’ Says Casse

The four-length winner of Saturday’s G3 Lecomte Stakes was in good spirits on Sunday, trainer Mark Casse told drf.com. War of Will, a 3-year-old son of War Front, looked to have much more in the tank as he and jockey Tyler Gaffalione stopped the clock in 1:43.44 for 1 mile 70 yards. “He acts like he didn’t […]

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Supreme Aura Earns His Stripes In Pegasus Stakes

Supreme Aura made amends for a disappointing winter that quickly took him off the Kentucky Derby trail by rallying from far back to score a neck victory over longshot Roaming Union in the $100,000 Pegasus Stakes Sunday at Monmouth Park, the final of four stakes races on the 13-race card. Ridden by Joe Bravo and trained by […]

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