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2012 Risen Star (G2)

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What the Nation is saying about the 2012 Risen Star (G2)...

Is the 2012 crop of three-year-olds the best in several years? Laura Pugh thinks so...Read More
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  • johnsnare · I think he nailed it spot on. Should be a great betting race. · 727 days ago ·
  • Mike in SB · Did you see the interview with Andy Beyers in the Paulick Report? Because of the low Beyers speed figures for the prep races this year, he said this crop could be even worst than last year which he said was the weakest crop of 3 year olds in his lifetime. · 719 days ago ·
Union Rags and El Padrino top a short field of nine in the 63rd running of the Grade 1 Florida Derby.Read More
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  • Mary Z. · He's by Curlin's sire, Smart Strike, and has the same damsire, Deputy Minister. · 753 days ago ·
  • icyhotboo · If the odds pemit I'm going to throw in a 3/6/8 tri box. UR just needs a prep and EP needs 1st or 2nd, #3 has a lot of upside 2nd off layoff and EP being the fastest horse with about the same LP. Michael Matz may just be there for a tune up for KD even though the purse is big. On a personal note sadly I didn't win the lottery, I didn't even want 1st second for a million - taxes would've been just fine. I think I need another job due to the fact every doctor I go to has at least 3 friends who want to shake my hand for a couple hundred. · 753 days ago ·
The Florida Derby may have had a couple of uncharacteristically dull years, but in 2012 it looks to get back up on its feet, delivering one of, if not the best Kentucky Derby Preps this season. Read More
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  • shadowno · Take Charge Indy probably in a now or never situation after passing on Tampa so he needs to/has to come up big. UR=Take Charge Indy . · 755 days ago ·
  • DeadHeat · Capper the only problem I have with his race is that it was run in the slop. He did run a winning race, but with his record over a dry track, I can't help but be skeptical. If that race had been over a dry track he would be right there with Reveron for me. · 754 days ago ·
A rundown of the top 10 horses on the earnings bubble which could be heard from on the first Saturday in May.Read More
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  • Cardly Knot · @yukichan, I believe UAE Derby is a G2. Desert Party and Regal Ransom made to the Derby · 761 days ago ·
  • Floridaf · Glad to see my two (Empire Way and Ever So Lucky) are still getting some love, though Empire Way needs to figure himself out in a hurry if he wants an invitation to the Big Dance. · 761 days ago ·
Week three of the Run to the Roses contest is upon us and I don’t know about you, but I have a very big decision to make with my stable. Read More
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  • ajump08 · My stable aJampers is on fire! · 774 days ago ·
  • b1ueeyes03 · Irish flower is mine stable name... I did alright this weekend thanks to Creative Cause and Bodemeister :D but the next weekend Rebel Stakes is going to Kick my butt! There are a few nominations DRF named earlier last week but since Gemologist is out, Im screwed lol ...I regret putting Saber Cat and/or Castaway =/ · 772 days ago ·
Union Rags and El Padrino hold steady in the top two positions of Zipse's latest Down and Derby...Read More
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  • Winplacsho · I'm actually pretty high on I'll Have Another. I think this horse showed that he can rate, but has a very high cruising speed & will be tough for anyone to run down. · 785 days ago ·
  • rholdorf · Hey Brian. You do a great job of tracking the horsesmfor all of us fans. Thank you for that. Seems to me that Valeski is rounding into top form now but we'll need to see another race from him to prove he is for real. Have his connections announced yet where he will race next? · 783 days ago ·
Watching yesterday’s Fountain of Youth Stakes was a pure joy. Union Rags looked every bit the way an early Kentucky Derby is supposed to look. After recent years, where our top three-year-olds disappointed on the track, fell off the trail due to health reasons, or were victims of tough trips, it was...Read More
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  • Floridaf · likin sparks, which filly are you referring to? On Fire Baby? Disposablepleasure? My Miss Aurelia? · 785 days ago ·
  • sidechoke13 · i have a question. does anyine think exothermic will be entered in any of the coming up stakes races like the arkansas or illinois derby? · 784 days ago ·
The final major local prep for the Louisiana Derby was contested at Fair Grounds on Saturday and Kentucky Derby 2012 hopeful El Padrino nipped Mark Valeski a thrilling renewal of the G2 Risen Star Stakes.Read More
Eclipse Sportswire was at all the big races last week and captured some great moments at the Fountain of Youth, Risen Star & more - it's the best week yet!Read More
El Padrino edged Mark Valeski by a nose in Saturday's Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds. Read More
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  • kedez2012 · This just makes me an even bigger fan of this horse. It's nice to see a three-year-old that can pack a punch AND take one! · 787 days ago ·
  • travel_vic · I loved the Ronnie Lemargue commercials for his Ford dealership between races. Fellow is stiill a nut ..I recall his wife hired a guy to kill him..Intersting past · 787 days ago ·
Which perennial leading trainer has the hotter hand for the First Saturday in May?Read More
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  • mshutty · I believe this year that neither trainer will produce the Derby winner...however, for getting a 3 year-old ready for Derby, I would have to go with Baffert · 788 days ago ·
  • AndyScoggin · I like El Padrino's gutsy effort winning the Risen Star! His time was better than the other stakes. · 788 days ago ·
El Padrino Won
I can tell the Kentucky Derby madness has begun just by the number of requests I get to participate in various writing projects … And why not? The months leading up to Derby Day are among my favorites of the year. It’s all about the anticipation as everyone with big dreams jockeys for the right to r...Read More
El Padrino!! I luv this horse :)) Will be rooting this horse!
You have to like Pletcher's chances here with EP. Not a lot of value though, but I do believe he will come out on top.
The road to Kentucky Derby 2012 heats up in New Orleans on Saturday with the Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes and El Padrino looms large for trainer Todd Pletcher. #7 EL PADRINO (2-1) is the deserving favorite following a visually impressive and fast Optional Claiming route tally at Gulfstream Jan 29. He o...Read More
We'll find out more tomorrow but just wondering if anyone believes in that variant in the El Padrino alw at GP...
The filly was named Modean, and she ran for a $5,000 claiming tag at Ellis Park. This was long before the days of 2008 Eclipse Award-winning filly Proud Spell, when colts Mr. Bowling and Mark Valeski – now top contenders for Saturday’s Grade II Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds – and the filly Belie...Read More
optimizer looks to be the one to beat...

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