Risen Star Stakes

The Grade 2, $400,000 Risen Star Stakes will be ran Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Fair Grounds, and is part of Churchill Downs’ Road to The Kentucky Derby which awards the Top 4 finishers points (50-20-10-5). No matter if you’re looking for 2018 Risen Star contenders, entries, odds, Risen Star undercard races, news, past winners, results, Kentucky Derby Trail Tracker, picks and tips, or handicapping advice, you will have the most updated information here.

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Race #: 9
Purse: $400,000
Grade: 2
Distance: 1 1/16 Miles
Age: 3

1High NorthCorey LanerieBrad Cox15/1
2Noble IndyJohn VelazquezTodd Pletcher5/1
3GivemeaminitShaun BridgmohanDallas Stewart15/1
4Snapper SinclairAdam BeschizzaSteve Asmussen8/1
5Instilled RegardJavier CastellanoJerry Hollendorfer8/5
6Supreme AuraJoe BravoMichael Stidham8/1
7BravazoMiguel MenaD. Wayne Lukas8/1
8Kentucky ClubSCRATCHED
9Principe GuilhermeFlorent GerouxSteve Asmussen7/2
10EbbenGabriel SaezSteve Margolis30/1

Risen Star Wagering Guide


Five other stakes events (three graded) will take place on Risen Star Day including the Grade 2, $200,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes, the second of three local preps for Churchill Downs’ Road to The Kentucky Oaks which awards the Top 4 finishers points (50-20-10-5). Here’s the entries for the Risen Star Day undercard.


Race #: 4
Purse: $50,000
Grade: Listed
Distance: About 5 1/2 Furlongs (Turf)
Age: Four Year Olds And Up
Entries: (From the rail out) Chublicious, Partly Mocha, Partly Mocha, Kissthatbabygoodby, Holding Gold, Commend, Balandeen, Imma Bling, Eden Grey’s Kitten, Line Judge, Will Call, Whiskey Bravo


Race #: 5
Purse: $150,000
Grade: 3
Distance: 1 1/16 Miles
Age: Four Year Olds And Up
Entries: (From the rail out) Cedartown, No Distortion, Scuba, Rich Daddy, The Player, Thirstforlife, First Premio, Team Colors


Race #: 6
Purse: $75,000
Grade: Listed
Distance: About 1 1/16 Miles (Turf)
Age: Fillies And Mares Four Years Old And Upward
Entries: (From the rail out) Five Hearts, Vagabond Princess, Glada Vegas, I’m Betty G, Inveniaum Viam, Mom’s On Strike, Skyluck, Malibu Bonnie, Shes a True Beauty, Hallie Belle, Susie Bee


Race #: 7
Purse: $200,000
Grade: 2
Distance: 1 1/16 Miles
Age: Fillies Three Years Old
Entries: (From the rail out) Actress On Board, Testing One Two, Classy Act, Wonder Gadot, She’s a Julie, Heavenly Love, Patrona Margarita, Monomoy Girl


Race #: 8
Purse: $150,000
Grade: 3
Distance: About 1 1/8 Miles (Turf)
Age: Four Year Olds And Up
Entries: (From the rail out) Thatcher Street, Zulu Alpha, Galton, One Mean Man, Granny’s Kitten, Mr. Misunderstood, Applicator, Synchrony, High Noon Rider, Tiz a Slam, Great Wide Open, Catcho En Die


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Risen Star Wagering Guide


The Grade 2, $400,000 Risen Star Stakes is a pivotal race within Churchill Downs’ Road to The Kentucky Derby as we’ve seen it produce solid horses such as Girvin and Gun Runner the past two years. Even after the race is ran, you’ll want to keep track of where these horses will run next.

The Derby Trail Tracker monitors and lists all the 2018 Kentucky Derby contenders and where they will be running next. Updated by Saratoga Slim, the races along the Derby trail with Kentucky Derby points (and a couple important preps without points) are listed and the potential runners (with trainer last name in parentheses) are categorized as follows:

·         Probable: connections (trainer / owner) have said they are planning to run their horse in this race

·         Possible: connections (trainer / owner) have named this race as a possible place that their horse may run

·         Target: connections (trainer / owner) have said that their horse will target this race in the future

·         Speculative: based on quotes from connections and past trainer trends, these are educated guesses on where the horse  may run on the Derby Trail

2018 Derby Trail Tracker


Previously known as the Louisiana Derby Trial Stakes, in 1989 the race 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. The distance of the race was originally 1 mile, 40 yards but changed to the now 1 1/16 miles distance in 1991.

2017Girvin1:43.08Brad GradyJoe SharpBrian Hernandez, Jr.8.10
2016Gun Runner1:43.94Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys FarmSteve AsmussenFlorent Geroux5.10
2015International Star1:43.82Ken and Sarah RamseyMichael J. MakerMiguel Mena3.80
2014Intense Holiday1:43.86Starlight RacingTodd A. PletcherMike E. Smith5.00
2013Ive Struck a Nerve1:44.52Big Chief Racing, LLCJ. Keith DesormeauxJames Graham135.20
2012El Padrino1:42.96Let's Go StableTodd A. PletcherJavier Castellano0.80*
2011Mucho Macho Man1:43.98Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and Dream Team One Racing StableKatherine RitvoRajiv Maragh3.60
2010Discreetly Mine1:44.88E. Paul Robsham Stables LLCTodd A. PletcherJavier Castellano2.50
2009Friesan Fire1:45.11Vinery Stables and Fox Hill FarmJ. Larry JonesGabriel Saez2.80
2008Pyro1:44.68Winchell Thoroughbreds LLCSteve AsmussenShaun Bridgmohan0.90*
2007Notional1:44.18J. Paul ReddamDoug O'NeillRobby Albarado2.90
2006Lawyer Ron1:43.13James T. Hines, Jr.Robert E. HolthusJohn McKee2.70
2005Scipion1:44.54Virginia Kraft Payson LLCPatrick L. BianconeGary Stevens10.10
2004Gradepoint1:45.36Mount Brilliant Stable LLC and William FarishNeil J. HowardRobby Albarado1.90
2003Badge of Silver1:42.99Ken and Sarah RamseyRonny W. WernerRobby Albarado2.90
2002Repent1:43.17Select StableKenneth G. McPeekTony D'Amico0.70*
2001Dollar Bill1:43.45Gary and Mary West Stables, Inc.Dallas StewartChris McCarron0.90*
2000Exchange Rate1:44.25Padua Stables and Anne SananD. Wayne LukasCorey Nakatani1.60*
1999Ecton Park1:44.83Mark H. StanleyW. Elliott WaldenShane Sellers4.90
1998Comic Strip1:44.27William S. Farish, G. W. Humphrey, Jr. and James ElkinsNeil J. HowardShane Sellers1.30
1997Open Forum1:44.37Robert B. and Beverly J. LewisD. Wayne LukasDonna Barton3.20
1996Zarb's Magic1:42.98Foxwood PlantationW. Bret ThomasElvis Joseph Perrodin15.90
1995Beavers Nose1:45.22R. W. Raymond and D. O. PhillipsEldridge Hebert, Jr.Kenneth Bourque13.50
1995Knockadoon1:45.44W. K. Warren, Jr.Anthony L. ReinstedlerWillie Martinez2.40*
1994Fly Cry1:43.02Al Prats and Bryan WagnerThomas M. AmossRonald Ardoin2.10
1993Dixieland Heat1:43.20Leland CookGerald J. RomeroRandy Romero0.70*
1993Dry Bean1:43.80Loblolly StableThomas K. BohannanAaron Gryder6.70
1992Line in the Sand1:45.00W S Farish Et AlNeil J. HowardShane Romero2.50
1991Big Courage1:46.70Estate of Patsy FoxWilliam I. Fox, Sr.Tammy Fox0.50*
1990Genuine MeaningRobert Asaro Enterprises Inc.Ronnie G. TenhundfeldJohn Hirdes
1989DispersalTom O. MeyerhoffGrover G. DelpBobby J. Walker, Jr.
1989Nooo ProblemaRainbow Group Inc.
(Marshall Lasky)
Donald R. WinfreeShane Romero
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