Risen Star Stakes

  • Location: Fair Grounds, New Orleans, LA
  • Inaugural Race: 1973
  • Current Distance: 1 1/16 miles
  • Track Type: Left-Handed Dirt
  • Age Qualifications: Three-year-olds
  • Status: Grade 2
  • 2020 Purse: $400,000
  • 2020 Race Date: Saturday, February 15th
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The Risen Star traditionally launches the next phase of the Road to the Kentucky Derby. With the point spread increasing to 50-20-10-5 for the next few key races, public attention to Derby contenders focus on the Fair Grounds in Louisiana.


2020 Risen Star Stakes Entries and Results (Div. I & II)

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Mr. Monomoy
Florent Geroux
Brad H. Cox
$17.00
$8.00
$4.60
8
Enforceable
Julien R. Leparoux
Mark E. Casse
$4.60
$3.00
2
Silver State
Ricardo Santana, Jr.
Steven M. Asmussen
$2.80
10
Farmington Road
Javier Castellano
Todd A. Pletcher
1
Digital
Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.
W. Bret Calhoun
11
Scabbard
Joel Rosario
Eddie Kenneally
7
Blackberry Wine
Adam Beschizza
Joe Sharp
5
Moon Over Miami
Junior Alvarado
William I. Mott
3
Ready to Roll
Gabriel Saez
W. Bret Calhoun
4
Perfect Revenge
Shaun Bridgmohan
Saffie A. Joseph, Jr.
6
Shashashakemeup
James Graham
J. Keith Desormeaux
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Modernist
Junior Alvarado
William I. Mott
$27.60
$14.20
$8.00
7
Major Fed
Julien R. Leparoux
Gregory D. Foley
$9.80
$6.40
12
Ny Traffic
Javier Castellano
Saffie A. Joseph, Jr.
$8.00
11
Mailman Money
Gabriel Saez
W. Bret Calhoun
3
Mr. Big News
Robby Albarado
W. Bret Calhoun
9
Lynn's Map
Corey J. Lanerie
Mark E. Casse
10
Finnick the Fierce
Sonny Leon
Rey Hernandez
6
Excession
Ricardo Santana, Jr.
Steven M. Asmussen
8
Anneau d'Or
Joel Rosario
Blaine D. Wright
5
Liam's Lucky Charm
Edgard J. Zayas
Ralph E. Nicks
4
Fame to Famous
Colby J. Hernandez
John P. Mc Allen

 

Exotic Payoffs:

Division I

$2 Exacta (9-8) $83.20
$2 Trifecta (9-8-2) $287.00
$2 Superfecta (9-8-2-10) $1,781.40

 

Division II 

$2 Exacta (1-7) $228.00
$2 Trifecta (1-7-12) $2,652.40
$2 Superfecta (1-7-12-11) $13,178.80

Watch the 2020 Risen Star Stakes

 


History of the Risen Star Stakes

First run in 1973 as the Louisiana Derby Trial, the race was renamed in 1989 in honor of the Louisiana-owned Risen Star, who won the race the year before en route to winning the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.

These days it’s the first race in the first leg of the Road to the Kentucky Derby Championship series. The first four home are given points on a 50-20-10-5 basis. The 50 points earned by the winner will almost certainly ensure they get a start in the Kentucky Derby.

Risen Star wasn’t the first winner to go on to Classic glory; 1975 winner Master Derby went on to win the Preakness Stakes, finish fourth in the Kentucky Derby, and second in the Belmont Stakes. None of the winners have since taken out a leg of the Triple Crown, though several proved to be very good horses, including Lawyer Ron, Pyro, Discreetly Mine, Mucho Macho Man, Gun Runner, and Girvin.

It’s also proven to be a great guide to the Louisiana Derby, with 13 horses completing the double since 1975: Girvin, Gun Runner, International Star, Friesan Fire, Pyro, Repent, Comic Strip, Dixieland Heat, Line in the Sand, Dispersal, Risen Star, Taylor’s Special, and Master Derby.


Previous Winners of the Risen Star

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2020 (Div. II)
Modernist
Junior Alvarado
William I. Mott
Wygod, Pam and Martin
2020 (Div.I)
Mr. Monomoy
Florent Geroux
Brad H. Cox
Madaket Stables, Michael Dubb and Doheny Racing Stable
2019
War of Will
Tyler Gaffalione
Mark E. Casse
Gary Barber
2018
Bravazo
D. Wayne Lukas
Miguel Mena
Calumet Farm
2017
Girvin
Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.
Joe Sharp
Brad Grady
2016
Gun Runner
Florent Geroux
Steve Asmussen
Winchell Thoroughbreds/Three Chimneys Farm
2015
International Star
Miguel Mena
Michael J. Maker
Sarah & Ken Ramsey
2014
Intense Holiday
Mike E. Smith
J. Larry Jones
Brereton C. Jones
2013
Ive Struck a Nerve
James Graham
J. Keith Desormeaux
Big Chief Racing
2012
El Padrino
Javier Castellano
Todd A. Pletcher
Let's Go Stable

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