It is said that "one man's feast is another man's famine," and so it was Wednesday when Gore Range Stable's Emmett Park suddenly became part of the field for Saturday's Grade 2, $400,000 Risen Star at Fair Grounds.
Ive Struck a Nerve, the 135-1 upset winner of the Feb. 23 $400,000 Risen Star Stakes, sustained an ankle injury during a workout the morning of March 9 and will miss both the Louisiana Derby and the Kentucky Derby
A 135-1 shot took the Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots Feb. 23, Matthew W. Bryan's Ive Struck a Nerve closing late in the furlong grounds and catapulting himself onto the road to the Kentucky Derby.
Speaking over the phone from South Florida Thursday morning, trainer Chad Brown confirmed that Normandy Invasion would be coming to New Orleans for the Grade 2 Risen Star at Fair Grounds on February 23.
Risen Star Stakes winner El Padrino breezed five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 March 18 at Palm Meadows Training Center for trainer Todd Pletcher as he approaches a start in the upcoming $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park.
Lets Go Stable's El Padrino, winner of the Risen Star Stakes, will make his next start in either the Florida Derby March 31 or Louisiana Derby the following day, according to co-owner Kevin Scatuorchio.
El Padrino has been described as extremely laid-back by his trainer, Todd Pletcher, but he showed Saturday in the Grade 2, $300,000 Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds that he can be a street fighter, too.
El Padrino, who showed himself to be a Triple Crown contender with a sharp allowance win at Gulfstream Park Jan. 29, heads a field of 11 entered for the $300,000 Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds Feb. 25.