Risen Star Stakes

Location: Fair Grounds Race Course New Orleans, Louisiana
Inaugurated: 1973
Race type: Thoroughbred, Flat racing
Distance: 1 1/16 miles (8.5 furlongs)
Track: Dirt, left-handed
Qualification: Three-year-olds
Weight: Assigned
Purse: $300,000
Grade II race

Race Type: Kentucky Derby Prep Race

Road to the Roses Points: 1st=10 points; 2nd=4 points; 3rd=2 points; 4th=1 point

The Risen Star Stakes is run annually in February at the Fair Grounds Race Course. It is open to three year old horses and is raced over a distance of one and one-sixteenth miles on the dirt.The race is the major prep race to the Louisiana Derby and one of many prep race preparing colts for the Kentucky Derby and the Triple Crown. Previously known as the Louisiana Derby Trial Stakes, in 1989 it was renamed to honor locally-owned Risen Star who won the race in 1988 and went on to win the Preakness and Belmont Stakes.


Ive Struck a Nerve 135-1 upset in Risen Star

If you went simply by the odds on the tote board, there was no way for Ive Struck a Nerve could win the Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Ground. But, the 135-1 long shot took the Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots February 23, 2013, Matthew W. Bryan's Ive Struck a Nerve closing late in the furlong grounds and catapulting himself onto the road to the Kentucky Derby.

The 3-year-old son of Yankee Gentleman paid $272.40 to win and earned 50 qualifying points for the Derby with victory by a nose while giving trainer J. Keith Desormeaux his first graded stakes win. For his victory in the Risen Star, Ive Stuck a Nerve earns 50 points toward a spot in the starting gate in the 2013 Kentucky Derby.


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Risen Star Stakes Past Winners

Year | Winner | Jockey | Time

2013 Ive Struck a Nerve James Graham 01:44.5
2012 El Padrino Javier Castellano 01:43.0
2011 Mucho Macho Man Rajiv Maragh 01:44.0
2010 Discreetly Mine Javier Castellano 01:44.9
2009 Friesan Fire Gabriel Saez 01:45.1
2008 Pyro Shaun Bridgmohan 01:44.7
2007 Notional Robby Albarado 01:44.2
2006 Lawyer Ron John McKee 01:43.1
2005 Scipion Gary L. Stevens 01:44.5
2004 Gradepoint Robby Albarado 01:45.4
2003 Badge of Silver Robby Albarado 01:43.0
2002 Repent Tony D'Amico 01:43.9
2001 Dollar Bill Chris McCarron 01:43.5
2000 Exchange Rate Corey Nakatani 01:44.3
1999 Ecton Park Shane Sellers 01:44.8
1998 Comic Strip Shane Sellers 01:44.2
1997 Open Forum Donna Barton 01:44.2
1996 Zarbs Magic E. J. Perrodin 01:42.8

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