Risen Star

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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Desormeaux Shipping Former Claimer Sorry Erik For Risen Star

Trainer Keith Desormeaux is coming home to Louisiana for Mardi Gras weekend and not just for the king cakes. The longtime Fair Grounds-based conditioner who now roots his operation in Southern California is shipping in three horses for Louisiana Derby Preview Day, spearheaded by Big Chief Racing’s Sorry Erik, who runs in the Grade II […]

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Lecomte Winner Guest Suite Takes On Mo Town In Risen Star

The Grade II $400,000 Risen Star Stakes features a clash between a formidable Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots-based home team and a pair of potent stakes-winning invaders from each side of the country in its 2017 edition. Led by Grade III Lecomte Stakes winner Guest Suite, the New Orleans squad features the top-five finishers […]

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Mo Town ‘Ready’ For Sophomore Debut In Risen Star

The most accomplished horse in the Grade II $400,000 Risen Star Stakes field next Saturday is the highest-profile ship-in, Tony Dutrow-trained Mo Town. Owned by Team D in partnership with the principals of the powerful Coolmore conglomerate – Mrs. Tom Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith – the son of Uncle Mo completed his final […]

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Howard Seeing ‘Physical Positives’ With Guest Suite Approaching Risen Star

The winner of the G3 Lecomte Stakes at the Fair Grounds, sophomore Guest Suite has continued to impress trainer Neil Howard in his recent morning workouts. The son of Quality Road, a homebred for William S. Farish and Lora Jean Kilroy, is being pointed to the G2 Risen Star on Feb. 25, the next step […]

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Guest Suite, Farrell Plan Next Steps On Louisiana Derby, Oaks Trails

William S. Farish and Lora Jean Kilroy’s Guest Suite came out of his victory in Saturday’s Fair Grounds centerpiece, the Grade III $200,000 Lecomte Stakes, in top order, according to trainer Neil Howard. “He looked good and cooled out well,” Howard said. “Everything looked good this morning. I would say we are most likely (running […]

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