On Saturday, February 16, 2019, War of Will continued his impressive unbeaten streak on dirt in the Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds, collecting 50 points in the Road to the 2019 Kentucky Derby. No matter if you’re looking for 2019 Risen Star contenders, entries, odds, Risen Star results, news, past winners, 2019 results and payouts, picks and tips, or handicapping advice, you will have the most updated information here.


Race Recap/Replay

Trained by Mark Casse and ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, War of Will continued his impressive run after clearing away sharply in Saturday’s Grade 2, $400,000 Risen Star Stakes Presented by Lamarque Ford at Fair Grounds. The 3-year-old son of turf super-sire War Front, who was also Grade 1-placed on turf as a juvenile, increased his lifetime earnings mark to $491,569 for owner Gary Barber.

See the finishing order, results, and payouts below. Also, be sure to download our 2019 Inside Track to the Risen Star Wagering Guide by clicking the banner below. These wagering guides are included at least once a month as part of our premium picks packages.

Risen Star Picks

14War of WillMark CasseTyler Gaffalione4.003.002.60
9Country HouseBill MottLuis Saez6.004.80
2RoilandTom AmossJames Graham15.20
$0.50 Pick 39-3-14 (3 Correct)$10.15$210,006
$0.50 Pick 44-3/4/9-3/7/10-13/14 (4 Correct)$83.20$610,520
$0.50 Pick 5 Jackpot6/8/16-4-3/4/9-3/7/10-13/14 (5 Correct)$371.05$205,711$271,274
$1.00 Daily Double3-14$7.60$180,651
$1.00 Exacta14-9$16.00$548,683
$0.10 Superfecta14-9-2-6$384.14$252,106
$0.50 Trifecta14-9-2$168.00$359,161


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.

2019War of Will1:44.59Gary BarberMark CasseTyler Gaffalione1.00
2018Bravazo1:42.95Calumet FarmD. Wayne LukasMiguel Mena21.00
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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