|Breeder||Arthur B. Hancock III & Leone J. Peters|
|Owner||Ronnie Lamarque and Louie Roussel III|
|Trainer||Louie Roussel III|
|Risen Star is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Ribbon by Secretariat. He was born around 1985 in the United States, and was bred by Arthur B. Hancock III & Leone J. Peters.|
Louisiana Derby (1988)
American Classic Race wins:
Preakness Stakes (1988)
Belmont Stakes (1988)
|U.S. Champion 3-Yr-Old Colt (1988)|
|Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course|
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
The dark bay colt was the son of the great Triple Crown winner Secretariat out of the mare Ribbon. Bred by Arthur B. Hancock III and Leone J. Peters, Risen Star was bought by Louisianans Ronnie Lamarque and Louie Roussel III at the 1987 Calder two year-old in-training sale. Trained by Roussel, a devout Roman Catholic who was stricken by throat cancer and recovered, ten percent of Risen Star's winnings were donated to the "Little Sisters of the Poor," a Roman Catholic order of nuns.
Lightly raced, as a two-year-old, Risen Star won the Minstrel Stakes at Louisiana Downs that set the stage for a remarkable three-year-old season.
Three year-old season
He went into the prestigious Kentucky Derby as the morning line third choice. All the colts in the Derby laid off the pace believing that the front running gray filly Winning Colors would fade. She did not fade and won the race wire to wire by a neck, Risen Star finished third. Under jockey Eddie Delahoussaye, Risen Star was forced to the outside on the backstretch where he stayed until making a charge at the head of the stretch. Unfortunately, he was too late to make up all the lost ground to the front runner and finished third.
Two weeks later in the Preakness Stakes, Risen Star won the "Run for the Black Eyed-Susans", as he turned the table on his filly rival winning by 1-1/2 lengths over Brian's Time, Winning Colors and local favorite Private Terms. Following the Preakness, he showed his genes, pulling away from the field and winning by 14 3/4 lengths in the longest of the Triple Crown races, the 1½ mile Belmont Stakes with a final time of 2:26 2/5, which is the third fastest running behind Hall of Famers Easy Goer and Secretariat. By virtue of his two Classic victories, Risen Star won the second $1,000,000 Chrysler Triple Crown Bonus emblematic of the series best three year-old.
An injury that occurred in the Belmont forced the horse into early retirement but Risen Star still won the Eclipse Award as 1988's top three-year-old colt. By winning the Eclipse, he became the first third generation Eclipse Award winner in the same category (his sire won in 1973 and his grandsire Bold Ruler won in 1957). He was retired to stud and went on to sire millionaire Grade I winner Star Standard as well as German runner Risen Raven.
Risen Star died on March 13, 1998 at Walmac International where he is buried. Named in his honor is the Risen Star Stakes race for 3-year-olds held annually at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans, Louisiana.