Bet on the Risen Star Stakes
Originally named the Louisiana Derby Trial Stakes, the Risen Star Stakes started in 1973 before switching to its current title in 1989. This competition takes place at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans, racing three-year-old thoroughbreds at a length of 1 1/16 miles on the dirt track. Risen Star Stakes won status as a Grade III race in 2002, growing into a Grade II race in 2010. As part of the Road to the Kentucky Derby, this competition prepares top horses for the most prestigious thoroughbred races in the United States.
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2016 Risen Star Contenders
The 2016 running of the Risen Star Stakes (G2) drew a competitive field of ultimately elven after a couple of scratches. All eyes were on the heavy favorite Airoforce who would be making his three-year-old debut after an impressive win in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2) as a juvenile.
The favored Airoforce did not fire and when it became clear that he was spinning his wheels, it became anyone’s race. Gun Runner, trained by Steve Asmussen, emerged at the top of the stretch as the leader and rallied gamely to hold off a late charge from ongshot Forevamo and Mo Tom. It was his third win from four starts. Mo Tom was compromised severely by a rough trip and still managed to only lose by 1 ½ lengths.
2016 Order of Finish: Win Place Show
1st: Gun Runner $12.20 $7.00 $4.80
2nd Forevamo $33.80 $12.20
3rd: Mo Tom $3.00
(Also Ran: Candy My Boy, Zapperini, In Equality, Tom’s Ready, It’s All Relevant, Bistraya, Airoforce, Uncle Walter Scratched: Dolphus, Laoban)
Check back closer to the race for the contenders for the 2017 Risen Star Stakes!
Did you know?
Some of the best three-year-old thoroughbreds compete in the Risen Star Stakes in preparation for the Louisiana Derby and other huge events later on in the racing calendar. A part of the championship series for the Road to the Kentucky Derby, the winning horse earns 50 points, second place secures 40 points, third place earns 20 points and fourth place collects 10 points. The Risen Star Stakes is a Grade II competition with a hefty purse of $400,000, further increasing the competition at this race.
The Risen Star Stakes is the biggest and most prestigious race for three-year-old thoroughbreds in the state of Louisiana, growing into a championship race in the Road to the Kentucky Derby as of 2014. This competition was named after Risen Star, who was sired by the storied thoroughbred Secretariat. Risen Star was the only winner of the Louisiana Derby Trial Stakes to capture two legs of the Triple Crown and the Louisiana Derby, achieving the feat in 1988 and having the race renamed in his honor the next year. In 1975, Master Derby became the first horse to win the Louisiana Derby Trial Stakes, Louisiana Derby and a leg of the Triple Crown.