Risen Star Stakes

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Risen Star Stakes
Grade II race
Location Fair Grounds Race Course
New Orleans, Louisiana
Inaugurated 1973
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.fairgroundsracecourse.com
Race information
Distance 1 116 miles (8.5 furlongs)
Surface Dirt
Track left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight Assigned
Purse $400,000

The Risen Star Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually in February at the Fair Grounds Race Course. It is open to three-year-old horses and is raced over a distance of one and one-sixteenth miles on the dirt. A Grade II event, it currently offers a purse of $400,000. The race is the major prep race to the Louisiana Derby and one of many prep race preparing colts for the Kentucky Derby and the Triple Crown. The American Graded Stakes Committee upgraded the race to Grade II from Grade III in 2010.[1]

Previously known as the Louisiana Derby Trial Stakes, in 1989 it was renamed to honor locally owned Risen Star who won the race in 1988 and went on to win the Preakness and Belmont Stakes and be voted the 1988 Eclipse Award for American Champion Three-Year-Old Male Horse.

Notably, in 1975 Golden Chance Farm's colt Master Derby won this race then went on to win the Louisiana Derby and the second leg of the U.S. Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes.

The Risen Star Stakes was run in two divisions in 1993 and again in 1995.

Records[edit]

Speed record:

Winners of the Risen Star Stakes since 1988[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Distance
(Miles)
Time
Grade
2018 Bravazo 3 Miguel Mena D. Wayne Lukas Calumet Farm 1 116 1:42.95 II
2017 Girvin 3 Brian Hernandez, Jr. Joe Sharp Brad Grady 1 116 1:43.08 II
2016 Gun Runner 3 Florent Geroux Steve Asmussen Winchell Thoroughbreds/Three Chimneys Farm 1 116 1:43.94 II
2015 International Star 3 Miguel Mena Michael J. Maker Sarah & Ken Ramsey 1 116 1:43.82 II
2014 Intense Holiday 3 Mike E. Smith Todd Pletcher Brereton C. Jones 1 116 1:43.86 II
2013 Ive Struck a Nerve 3 James Graham J. Keith Desormeaux Big Chief Racing 1 116 1:44.52 II
2012 El Padrino 3 Javier Castellano Todd A. Pletcher Let's Go Stable 1 116 1:42.96 II
2011 Mucho Macho Man 3 Rajiv Maragh Katherine Ritvo Reeves Thoroughbred Racing/
Dream Team Racing Stable
1 116 1:43.98 II
2010 Discreetly Mine 3 Javier Castellano Todd A. Pletcher E. Paul Robsham Stables, LLC 1 116 1:44.88 II
2009 Friesan Fire 3 Gabriel Saez J. Larry Jones Fox Hill Farms/Vinery 1 116 1:45.11 III
2008 Pyro 3 Shaun Bridgmohan Steve Asmussen Winchell Thoroughbreds 1 116 1:44.68 III
2007 Notional 3 Robby Albarado Doug O'Neill J. Paul Reddam 1 116 1:44.18 III
2006 1 Lawyer Ron 3 John McKee Robert E. Holthus James T. Hines, Jr. 1 116 1:43.13 III
2005 Scipion 3 Gary Stevens Patrick L. Biancone Virginia Kraft Payson 1 116 1:44.54 III
2004 Gradepoint 3 Robby Albarado Neil J. Howard Mt. Brilliant Stable/W. S. Farish 1 116 1:45.36 III
2003 Badge of Silver 3 Robby Albarado Ronny Werner Ken & Sarah Ramsey 1 116 1:42.99 III
2002 Repent 3 Tony D'Amico Kenneth McPeek Select Stable 1 116 1:43.86 III
2001 Dollar Bill 3 Chris McCarron Dallas Stewart Gary & Mary West 1 116 1:43.45
2000 Exchange Rate 3 Corey Nakatani D. Wayne Lukas Padua Stables 1 116 1:44.25
1999 Ecton Park 3 Shane Sellers W. Elliott Walden Mark H. Stanley 1 116 1:44.83
1998 Comic Strip 3 Shane Sellers Neil J. Howard Elkins/Farish/Humphrey 1 116 1:44.20
1997 Open Forum 3 Donna Barton D. Wayne Lukas Bob & Beverly Lewis 1 116 1:44.20
1996 Zarbs Magic 3 E. J. Perrodin Bret Thomas Foxwood Plantation 1 116 1:42.80
1995 # Knockadoon 3 Willie Martinez Anthony Reinstedler William K. Warren, Jr. 1 116 1:45.44
1995 # Beavers Nose 3 K. Bourque 1 116 1:45.22
1994 Fly Cry 3 R. Ardoin Al Prats & Wayne Simpson 1 116 1:43.02
1993 # Dixieland Heat 3 Randy Romero Gerald Romero Leland Cook 1 116 1:43.20
1993 # Dry Bean 3 Aaron Gryder 1 116 1:43.80
1992 Line in the Sand 3 Shane Romero Lane's End Farm 1 116 1:45.00
1991 Big Courage 3 Tammy Fox 1 116 1:46.70
1990 Genuine Meaning 3 J. Hirdes 1 mi, 40 yds 1:40.80
1989 # Nooo Problema 3 Shane Romero 1 mi, 40 yds 1:42.80
1989 # Dispersal 3 B. Walker 1 mi, 40 yds 1:42.20
1988 Risen Star 3 Shane Romero Louie Roussel III Louie Roussel III 1 mi, 40 yds 1:40.00

A # designates that the race was run in two divisions in 1989, 1993 & 1995.

The 2006 race was held at Louisiana Downs.

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1987 - Authentic Hero
  • 1986 - Dr Bee Jay
  • 1985 - Mischiefinmind
  • 1984 - Taylors Special
  • 1983 - Explosive Wagon
  • 1982 - Linkage
  • 1981 - Senate Chairman
  • 1980 - Withholding
  • 1979 - Incredible Ease
  • 1978 - Battonier
  • 1977 - Run Dusty Run
  • 1975 - Master Derby
  • 1974 - Heavy Mayonnaise
  • 1973 - Navajo

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