Five starts into his career, Guest Suite is threatening to take his connections down the path of most resistance with the grandest of rewards.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Risen Star Stakes (GII) at Fair Grounds.
With Foolish Pleasure campaigning in Florida, Louisiana in 1975 offered a haven for other nominees to the Kentucky classic.
The house horse has held a decided advantage in the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes (G2) in recent years, with three of the last four winners having prior form or being a regular trainee over the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots surface.
In his final move in advance of the Feb. 25 $400,000 Risen Star Stakes (G2), Guest Suite stated his readiness for his next challenge on the Triple Crown trail, covering four furlongs in a bullet :48 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots Feb. 21.
Firmly landing himself prominently on the charts as a serious contender for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), the $200,000 Keeneland September 2015 purchase now looks to make a hit out of his sophomore debut, the Risen Star (G2).
With an early draw for the Feb. 25 Louisiana Derby Preview Day card, Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots saw 38 horses entered for four graded stakes, including the $400,000 Risen Star (G2).
Multiple grade 2-placed and track record holder Normandy Invasion sired his first foal Jan. 14 when a filly arrived at Hilltop Stables near Deposit, N.Y. The son of Tapit, a Spendthrift stallion, stands at Keane Stud near Amenia, N.Y.
The first foal by multiple grade 1 winner Palace Malice was born at Three Chimneys in the early morning of Jan. 12.
Mobile Bay, second to The Pickett Factor in the $150,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic Stakes one year ago, turned the tables on that rival and four others in the 1 1/8-mile race for state breds Dec. 10.
Keane Stud near Amenia, N.Y. has announced the fees for its entire 2017 stallion roster, which again will be headed up by Frost Giant, the state's leading sire of 2-year-olds.
It took six Thoroughbred stakes for a favorite to come in at Zia Park and she provided the most impressive performance of the day in the final race.
Calumet Farm will introduce four new stallions in 2017, led by 2015 champion turf male Big Blue Kitten.
Champion Will Take Charge's fee held steady at $30,000
Brittlyn Stable homebred millionaire Sunbean padded his stellar record when scoring his breakthrough victory on grass Aug. 6 in the $75,000 Louisiana Cup Turf Classic at Harrah's Louisiana Downs.
Training Progeny of Curlin
Dual-registered Thoroughbred and Paint filly Painting the Sky is expected to make her first stakes start in the July 2 program, with the eight Louisiana-bred stakes races worth $775,000 in purses.
Grade II winner S'maverlous will be chasing his third stakes victory in four starts this year July 2 in the $300,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap (gr. III).
Twelve-time defending Gulfstream Park Championship Meet leading trainer Todd Pletcher reached a personal milestone March 18, when Eagle Scout won the fifth race to give the trainer his 4,000 victory.
Last year's Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner Keen Ice will become the latest U.S. raider to prep for the March 26 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) in Dubai when he runs March 5 in the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 (UAE-I).
The first reported foal for grade II winner Ive Struck a Nerve, who was gelded after the 2015 breeding season, is a colt born Feb. 27 at Peach Lane Farms in Opelousas, La.
Brittlyn Stable's Forevamo has exited his second-place finish in the $400,000 Veterans Ford Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) in good order, according to trainer Al Stall and owner Evelyn Benoit.
This week we take a closer look at Gun Runner, winner of the $400,000 Veterans Ford Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) on Feb. 20 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Gun Runner is the new Derby points leader after winning the Risen Star and more inside the February 27, 2016 Blood-Horse magazine!
Though early indications are John Oxley's Airoforce came out of his 10th-place finish in the Risen Star (gr. II) in good health, trainer Mark Casse said the Colonel John colt is likely off the Triple Crown trail.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Circle Unbroken||Garry W. Simms||
|Code West||Boyd Caster||
|Golden Soul||Dallas Stewart||
|He's Had Enough||Doug F. O'Neill||
|Ive Struck a Nerve||J. Keith Desormeaux||
|Normandy Invasion||J. Larry Jones||
|Oxbow||D. Wayne Lukas||
|Palace Malice||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Proud Strike||Steven M. Asmussen||
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