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Normandy Invasion Confirmed for Risen Star

Overanalyze (no. 1A), ridden by Ramon Dominguez and trained by Todd Pletcher, wins the 99th running of the grade 2 Remsen Stakes for two year olds on November 24, 2012 at Aqueduct Race Track in Ozone Park, New York. (Bob Mayberger/Eclipse Sportswire)
Speaking over the phone from South Florida Thursday morning, trainer Chad Brown confirmed that Fox Hill Farms’ Normandy Invasion would be coming to New Orleans for the Grade II Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots on Louisiana Derby Preview Day Presented by Lamarque Ford Feb. 23.

“We’re planning on it,” said Brown of Normandy Invasion when asked if Normandy Invasion would be invading the Crescent City oval next week for Fair Grounds’ designed prep for the 100th running of the $1 million Louisiana Derby March 30.

The bay sophomore son of Tapit has not run since finishing a fast-closing second in New York’s Grade II Remsen Stakes at nine furlongs last Nov. 24,  but  his defeat by a nose in that Aqueduct race has Brown thinking positively about the long stretch run at Fair Grounds.

“He ran good in the Remsen,” Brown said, “and he’s been training real good down here in Florida. But he hasn’t had a lot of experience and I know the (speed-favoring) track at Gulfstream wouldn’t be conducive to his style. We’re searching for a better situation.”

Normandy Invasion breezed a bullet five furlongs at South Florida’s Palm Meadows training center in 1:00.40 last Sunday.

“We’re cranking him now,” said Brown. “I’m probably also going to send (Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s) Hyper up there with him (for the Grade III Fair Grounds Handicap) and at some point I’m planning on being there, as well.”

The $150,000 Fair Grounds Handicap at about 1 1/16-miles over the Stall-Wilson Turf Course on Louisiana Derby Preview Day is Fair Grounds’ prep for the Grade II Mervin Muniz Memorial Handicap as the main grass test of the New Orleans racing season also to be run on Louisiana Derby Day. Brown won the Muniz last year with Gary & Mary West’s Casino Host.

 

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please do not take the following as a critisism of todd pletcher,instead it is a respected congratulations.due to this,the racing world should be wary.todd has finally accepted the method in winning the derby.if you notice for the first time he is being very condervative with all of his studs.it is a fine line between taking the money in the preps or going for the glory.his excellent record has afforded him the luxury of going for the glory.note with most of his horses.the derby is now the 3rd race.normally that is when a top quality 3yo fires his best shot.he is using the preps for exactly the meaning of the word.prepping his horses.in his private thoughts,i am sure he has a pet he would love to win it with.bottom line though.just like A.Davis said. "just win baby".
He's in my top ten. I really like this horse
Mylute runs right by them
Watch out - Here comes the INVASION. 2013 Derby Winner!

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