Risen Star Begins Stretch of Key Prep Races


Posted on: February 19, 2022, 05:07h. 

Final up to date on: February 19, 2022, 05:57h.

Imagine it or not, we’re simply 11 weeks till Kentucky Derby 148, and this weekend marks the beginning of key prep races that may assist decide the sphere for the Run for the Roses.

Smile Happy
Smile Glad, seen right here successful the Kentucky Jockey Membership Stakes at Churchill Downs in November, is the morning-line favourite within the Risen Star Stakes at Honest Grounds Race Course in New Orleans. He’s scheduled to face 9 different colts within the first Kentucky Derby prep that awards 50 qualifying factors to the winner. (Picture: Coady Images/Churchill Downs)

Down in New Orleans on Saturday night, the Grade II Risen Star Stakes affords a subject of 10 colts at Honest Floor Race Course. The 1-1/8-mile race kicks off horse racing’s Kentucky Derby Championship Sequence, which consists of 16 stakes races scheduled over the following two months. Horses that win these races will discover themselves in glorious form for a spot within the beginning gate at Churchill Downs on Might 7.

The highest 4 finishers within the race will cut up 85 qualifying factors for the Derby, and the winner will get 50 factors and discover themselves on the prime of the qualification standings.

Put up time for the race is scheduled for six:58 pm ET. It is going to be accessible for viewing on TVG and on-line via advance deposit wagering accounts.

Along with being a Kentucky Derby prep, the Risen Star can also be thought-about a tune-up for horses slated to run within the March 26 Louisiana Derby at Honest Grounds. The winner of that race will earn 100 factors.

Favourite Smile Glad Seems to be to Go 3-for-3

The morning-line odds checklist half the sphere with odds between 7-2 and 9-2, with Kenny McPeek coaching the favourite, Smile Glad.

Smile Glad is 2-for-2, together with his final race approaching Nov. 27 on the Kentucky Jockey Membership Stakes at Churchill Downs. Though the colt was four-wide popping out of the flip, he nonetheless had sufficient to take the lead on the stretch and win by 3-1/4-lengths over the favourite Basic Causeway.

Three colts ending behind the son of Runhappy within the Kentucky Jockey Membership Stakes have since gone on to win their subsequent race.

McPeek mentioned he plans for his colt to run in yet one more Derby prep after the Risen Star. He shipped Smile Glad from Gulfstream Park in south Florida for the race.

“One purpose we selected this spot is as a result of there’s extra factors on this race,” the coach mentioned.

Ridden by Coery Lanerie, the 7-2 morning-line favourite will break from the eighth submit.

Deep Subject of Challengers in Risen Star

Two horses are at 4-1 within the morning-line odds. Pappacap is without doubt one of the extra skilled entries, with six races in his profession. Nevertheless, the Mark Casse-trained colt has two seconds, a 3rd, and a fourth-place end in his final 4 races. The colt completed third in final month’s Lecomte Stakes at Honest Grounds, lower than a size behind winner Name Me Midnight.

Simply in entrance of Pappacap was Epicenter, who led for a lot of the 1-1/Sixteenth-mile race till Name Me Midnight clipped him by a head on the wire.

Pappacap attracts the within gate with Tyler Gaffalione aboard, whereas Epicenter will race from the fifth gate, with Joel Rosario on the mount.

With odds of 9-2, Zandon makes his 3-year-old debut. Coach Chad Brown brings his colt from New York, the place he ran second to Mo Donegal by a nostril within the Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct in December.

Brown thought of sending the colt to Florida for the Derby preps at Gulfstream. He undoubtedly believes Zandon has the facility to run the 1-1/4-mile Kentucky Derby distance.

We simply felt like that floor and the longer stretch would go well with his fashion higher than the quick stretch at Gulfstream that’s often velocity favoring,” Brown mentioned. “He’s obtained to recover from the delivery, however the horse couldn’t be coaching any higher.”

Jose Ortiz will get the mount, and Zandon will break from simply within Smile Glad within the seventh gate.

Key Challenger on the Exterior

Additionally at 9-2, and making his first begin at age 3, is Gradual Down Andy. Educated by Doug O’Neill, the Nyquist-bred colt has two wins in three begins, together with a win within the December Los Alamitos Futurity. He rallied from being off the tempo initially of the race to trace down heavy-favorite Messier down the stretch.

Whereas Gradual Down Andy has received a two-turn race, he’ll begin the Risen Star from the skin gate. He additionally will get a jockey change, with Mario Gutierrez again within the saddle after Flavian Prat rode within the stakes win.

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