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.
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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|2018||Bravazo||Miguel Mena||D. Wayne Lukas||Calumet Farm||1:42.95|
|2017||Girvin||Brian Hernandez, Jr.||Joe Sharp||Brad Grady||1:43.08|
|2016||Gun Runner||Florent Geroux||Steve Asmussen||Winchell Thoroughbreds/Three Chimneys Farm||1:43.94|
|2015||International Star||Miguel Mena||Michael J. Maker||Sarah & Ken Ramsey||1:43.82|
|2014||Intense Holiday||Mike E. Smith||Todd Pletcher||Brereton C. Jones||1:43.86|
|2013||Ive Struck a Nerve||James Graham||J. Keith Desormeaux||Big Chief Racing||1:44.52|
|2012||El Padrino||Javier Castellano||Todd A. Pletcher||Let's Go Stable||1:42.96|
|2011||Mucho Macho Man||Rajiv Maragh||Katherine Ritvo||Reeves Thoroughbred Racing/ |
Dream Team Racing Stable
|2010||Discreetly Mine||Javier Castellano||Todd A. Pletcher||E. Paul Robsham Stables, LLC||1:44.88|
|2009||Friesan Fire||Gabriel Saez||J. Larry Jones||Vinery||1:45.11|
|2008||Pyro||Shaun Bridgmohan||Steve Asmussen||Winchell Thoroughbreds||1:44.68|
|2007||Notional||Robby Albarado||Doug O'Neill||J. Paul Reddam||1:44.18|
|2006||Lawyer Ron||John McKee||Robert E. Holthus||James T. Hines, Jr.||1:43.13|
|2005||Scipion||Gary Stevens||Patrick L. Biancone||Virginia Kraft Payson||1:44.54|
|2004||Gradepoint||Robby Albarado||Neil J. Howard||Mt. Brilliant Stable/W. S. Farish||1:45.36|
|2003||Badge of Silver||Robby Albarado||Ronny Werner||Ken & Sarah Ramsey||1:42.99|
|2002||Repent||Tony D'Amico||Kenneth McPeek||Select Stable||1:43.86|
|2001||Dollar Bill||Chris McCarron||Dallas Stewart||Gary & Mary West||1:43.45|
|2000||Exchange Rate||Corey Nakatani||D. Wayne Lukas||Padua Stables||1:44.25|
|1999||Ecton Park||Shane Sellers||W. Elliott Walden||Mark H. Stanley||1:44.83|
|1998||Comic Strip||Shane Sellers||Neil J. Howard||Elkins/Farish/Humphrey||1:44.20|
|1997||Open Forum||Donna Barton||D. Wayne Lukas||Bob & Beverly Lewis||1:44.20|
|1996||Zarbs Magic||E. J. Perrodin||Bret Thomas||Foxwood Plantation||1:42.80|
|1995||Knockadoon||Willie Martinez||Anthony Reinstedler||William K. Warren, Jr.||1:45.44|
|1995||Beavers Nose||K. Bourque||1:45.22|
|1994||Fly Cry||R. Ardoin||Al Prats & Wayne Simpson||1:43.02|
|1993||Dixieland Heat||Randy Romero||Gerald Romero||Leland Cook||1:43.20|
|1993||Dry Bean||Aaron Gryder||1:43.80|
|1992||Line in the Sand||Shane Romero||Lane's End Farm||1:45.00|
|1991||Big Courage||Tammy Fox||1:46.70|
|1990||Genuine Meaning||J. Hirdes||1:40.80|
|1989||Nooo Problema||Shane Romero||1:42.80|
|1988||Risen Star||Shane Romero||Louie Roussel III||Louie Roussel III||1:40.00|