Risen Star

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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Grade 1 Winner Girvin Returns In Lone Star’s Sexton Mile

Girvin, winner of the Grade 1, $1 million Haskell Invitational last July, will return to racing in the Grade 3, $200k Sexton Mile at Lone Star Park on Sunday, May 6. “He is training great,” said owner Brad Grady who attended the races at Lone Star Park Thursday. “He had some great workouts at Keeneland. […]

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Risen Star Winner Bravazo ‘Straight To The Derby’ After Troubled Trip In Louisiana

Trainer D. Wayne Lukas and Gary Stevens teamed up on Saturday in the Louisiana Derby with Risen Star winner Bravazo, but a troubled trip proved costly, according to drf.com. Lukas had the Calumet-owned son of Awesome Again shipped back to his home base at Oaklawn Park, where he is scheduled to return to the track on […]

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Coach Has ‘Very Competitive’ Bravazo Ready To Go In Louisiana Derby

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas knows a thing or two about getting a horse to the Kentucky Derby having sent a total of 48 Thoroughbreds to the starting gate for the Run For The Roses. This year, “The Coach” hopes to do just that with Calumet Farm’s Bravazo, who is entered in the Grade […]

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Instilled Regard Aimed At Santa Anita Derby; Rosario To Ride

Grade 3 Lecomte Stakes winner Instilled Regard is being aimed at the Santa Anita Derby, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer told drf.com. The 3-year-old son of Arch finished fourth in the Risen Star last out, and will be piloted by new jockey Joel Rosario in the final Southern California prep for the Kentucky Derby. “He didn’t work that […]

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