Risen Star Noms Due February 6
Nominations for the February 20 Grade II, $300,000 Risen Star Stakes for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles are due Feb. 6. Horses that were Early Bird nominees to the Louisiana Derby are automatically subscribed to the Risen Star. Otherwise, subscriptions are $300 each, with an additional $1,750 to enter and $1,250 to start.
Any horse that starts in both the Risen Star and the Louisiana Derby and finishes among the top three in either race will have its $25,000 starting fee waived for the Kentucky Derby.
The Risen Star is the second race in Fair Grounds’ Road to the Derby series for 3-year-olds, which culminates with the March 27 Grade II, $750,000 Louisiana Derby at 1 1/8 miles, five weeks before the Kentucky Derby. The series kicked off with the Grade III Lecomte Stakes on Jan. 23, won by Ron the Greek.
Also closing Feb. 6 is the Grade III Silverbulletday Stakes, for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles, which carries a nomination fee of $150, with an additional $650 to enter and $700 to start. The Silverbulletday is the second race in Fair Grounds’ Road to the Oaks series, which culminates with the March 26 Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks. Four of the last five winners of the Fair Grounds Oaks have gone on to win the Kentucky Oaks (Rachel Alexandra, Proud Spell, Summerly and Ashado; the Fair Grounds Oaks was not run in 2006). The Road to the Oaks series kicked off with the Jan. 23 Tiffany Lass Stakes, won by Jody Slew.
The Risen Star and the Silverbulletday are two of six stakes to be run Feb. 20 as part of Louisiana Derby Preview Day. Also scheduled is a pair of Grade III, $100,000 route races for older horses, the Mineshaft Handicap on the main track and the Fair Grounds Handicap on turf, as well as the $60,000 Pan Zareta Stakes for fillies and mares at six furlongs and the $60,000 Colonel Power Stakes, a turf sprint for older horses. Nominations for those stakes also close Feb. 6.
Stakes nomination forms are available online in the Horsemen’s section of FairGroundsRaceCourse.com. For more information contact the Fair Grounds Racing Office at 1-800-786-0010.