Risen Star

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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Sharp ‘Confident’ In Decision To Change Up Girvin’s Work Schedule

Trainer Joe Sharp opened the proverbial can of worms on Monday this week, cancelling a planned workout at Keeneland for his Kentucky Derby contender Girvin. Concern was immediately raised that the son of Tale of Ekati was not in top form, but Sharp, who will be saddling his first Derby runner, countered that assumption on […]

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Girvin Shipped From Trackside To Keeneland In Anticipation Of Heavy Thunderstorms

Brad Grady’s Girvin, winner of the Risen Star (G2) and Louisiana Derby (G2), will be spending the next few days at Keeneland to continue training for the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) on May 6. “We are going to utilize the (all-weather) training track the next couple of days,” said trainer […]

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Hernandez Finds Perfect Trip For Girvin In Risen Star Victory

Jockey Brian Hernandez, Jr., gave Brad Grady’s Girvin a perfect ground-saving ride to win Saturday’s G2 Risen Star Stakes by two lengths, earning the colt his first 50 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. A 3-year-old son of Tale of Ekati, the Joe Sharp trainee covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.08 over the […]

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