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Risen Star Stakes

Grade III race
Risen Star Stakes
Location Fair Grounds Race Course
New Orleans, Louisiana
Inaugurated 1973
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.fairgroundsracecourse.com
Race information
Distance 1 1/16 miles (8.5 furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight Assigned
Purse $300,000

The Risen Star Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually 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. A Grade III event, it offers a purse of $300,000. The race is a prep to the Louisiana Derby and an official prep race for the Kentucky Derby.

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 and be voted the 1988 Eclipse Award for American Champion Three-Year-Old Male Horse.

Notably, in 1975 Golden Chance Farm's colt Master Derby won this race then went on to win the Louisiana Derby and the second leg of the U.S. Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes.

The Risen Star Stakes was run in two divisions in 1993 and again in 1995.


Speed record:

  • 1:42.80 - Zarbs Magic (1996)

Winners of the Risen Star Stakes since 1995






2010 Discreetly Mine Javier Castellano Todd A. Pletcher E. Paul Robsham Stables, LLC 1:44.88
2009 Friesan Fire Gabriel Saez J. Larry Jones Fox Hill Farms/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 L. 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 L. Reinstedler William K. Warren, Jr. 1:45.44

Earlier winners

  • 1995 - Beavers Nose
  • 1994 - Fly Cry
  • 1993 - Dixieland Heat
  • 1993 - Dry Bean
  • 1992 - Line In The Sand
  • 1991 - Big Courage
  • 1990 - Genuine Meaning
  • 1987 - Authentic Hero
  • 1986 - Dr Bee Jay
  • 1985 - Mischiefinmind
  • 1984 - Taylors Special
  • 1983 - Explosive Wagon
  • 1982 - Linkage
  • 1981 - Senate Chairman
  • 1980 - Withholding
  • 1979 - Incredible Ease
  • 1978 - Battonier
  • 1977 - Run Dusty Run
  • 1974 - Heavy Mayonnaise
  • 1973 - Navajo


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