Risen Star Stakes

On Saturday, February 17, 2018, Calumet Farm’s homebred Bravazo won the Grade 2, $400,000 Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds, the first 50-point race of the 2017-2018 Road to The Kentucky Derby season. No matter if you’re looking for past Risen Star contenders, odds, news, past winners, 2018 results and payouts, Kentucky Derby Trail Tracker, picks and tips, or handicapping advice, you will have the most updated information here.


Trained by D. Wayne Lukas and ridden by Miguel Mena, Calumet Farm’s Bravazo spent almost the entire race within a foot of the leader before extending his nose in the final jumps to pull off a 21/1 upset to win the Grade 2, $400,000 Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds.

Read the full race recap HERE along with the finishing order, results, and payouts below. Also, be sure to download our 2018 Risen Star Stakes Wagering Guide by clicking the button below. These wagering guides are included at least once a month as part of our premium picks packages.

Risen Star Stakes Wagering Guide

1st7BravazoMiguel MenaD. Wayne Lukas21.00
2nd4Snapper SinclairAdam BeschizzaSteve Asmussen41.70
3rd2Noble IndyJohn VelazquezTodd Pletcher2.60
4th5Instilled RegardJavier CastellanoJerry Hollendorfer1.40*
5th1High NorthCorey LanerieBrad Cox12.80
6th10EbbenGabriel SaezSteve Margolis104.80
7th9Principe GuilhermeFlorent GerouxSteve Asmussen2.90
8th3GivemeaminitShaun BridgmohanDallas Stewart21.90
9th6Supreme AuraJoe BravoMichael Stidham12.50
7BravazoMiguel MenaD. Wayne Lukas44.0015.407.80
4Snapper SinclairAdam BeschizzaSteve Asmussen26.609.80
2Noble IndyJohn VelazquezTodd Pletcher4.20
$0.50 Pick 38-8-7 (3 Correct)$137.85$113,846
$2.00 Daily Double8-7$247.60$62,529
$2.00 Exacta7-4$603.40$281,548
$0.10 Superfecta7-4-2-5$418.28$145,434
$1.00 Trifecta7-4-2$1,691.20$203,256


BLINKERS OFF 280: Kentucky Derby Prep Recaps, Rapid-Fire, and “What the Bleep”

On this episode of Blinkers Off, the Thoroughbred Racing Dudes recap last week’s Kentucky Derby prep races – the Grade 2, $400,000 Risen Star Stakes from Fair Grounds, and the Grade 3, $500,000 Southwest Stakes from Oaklawn Park – give rapid-fire selections for the major stakes races running across the country this weekend, and play another game of “What the Bleep”. Listen Now

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See more Risen Star news HERE.


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, Gun Runner, and now Bravazo over the past three years. Even though the race is over, 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 of important preps without points) are listed, and the potential runners (with trainers’ last names 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.

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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