Kentucky Derby 2014 - Rise Up Pedigree Profile

Kentucky Derby 2014 - Rise Up Pedigree Profile
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Rise Up lived up to his name in Saturday’s Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes (G-3), setting a new stakes record while showing his heels to the rest of the field.  Jockey Gerard Melancon settled the colt comfortably on the lead for most of the race. The bay colt ran away from his competitors in the stretch, flashing under the wire an easy six length winner. The final time of 1:44.71 for the 1 1/16 mile race is a new stakes record, beating Big Drama’s record of 1:44.72 by less than an eyeblink.  Under the new Kentyucky Derby points system, Rise Up  earned ten points and is in a five-way tie for thrid place on the leaderboard.
With his victory in the Delta Downs Jackpot, the Tom Amoss trainee added another stakes race to his expanding resume.  He’s won each of his four starts on the lead by daylight, including victories  in the Mountaineer Juvenile Stakes and Jean Lafitte Stakes.   His lone off the board finish came in the Iroquois Stakes (G-3) at Churchill. 
RISE UP (Rockport Harbor - Appenzell, by Johannesburg) failed to meet his $27K reserve at last year’s Keeneland September Yearling Sale.  After his dominating 4 ½ length victory in the Mountaineer Juvenile Stakes, Rise Up was purchased privately by Paul and Andrena Van Doren from Blazing Meadows Farm and Cottonwood Stables.  He has compiled an eye-catching 6-4-1-0 ($810,633) race record.
Rise Up  is by the fourth year sire Rockport Harbor. The pretty gray colt’s name was on everybody’s radar as a colt to watch on the Kentucky Derby trail after resounding victories in the Remsen and  Nashua Stakes.  The son of Unbridled’s Song missed most of his three year old season due to an old leg injury which was sustained the previousl year in the Remsen Stakes.  He started his four year old season outclassing rivals in the Essex Handicap (G-3), but reinjured his leg in the Razerback Handicap (G-3).  Rockport Harbor retired with a 8-5-1-0 ($324,800) record.
The imposing 16.2 hands high stallion was well supported at Darly Stud in his first three seasons, standing originally for a $12,500 fee. In only four racing crops, Rockport Harbor has sired eight graded stakes winners and 12 stakes winners. Typically, sons of Unbridled’s Song average around 10 – 15% two year old winners; however, Rockport Harbor was a bit more precocious, procuring 21% juvenile winners. His damsire Copelan was noted for siring win-earyly types. Rockport Harbor’s stakes winners include Ria Antonia, the recent long-shot winner of this year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G-1), multiple G-3 heroine May Day Rose, and last year’s Arlington-Washington Futurity Stakes (G-3) winner Pataky Kid.  Tragicaly, Rockport Harbor had to be put down in August due to complications arising from laminitis. 
Rockport Harbor horseRace record: 8-5-1-0 ($324,800)
Career Highlights:
1st - Remsen Stakes (G-2)
1st - Nashua Stakes (G-3)
1st - Essex Handicap (G-3)
2nd - Rebel Stakes (G-3)
Female Family:
Rise Up’s dam Appenzell ( Johannesburg - Bourbon Blues, by Seeking the Gold)  won her maiden at first asking and was a claiming class dirt sprinter who placed going a mile 70 yards.  She was a study runner earning $44,151 with a 13-2-0-5 record. She had strong turf influences in her pedigree but was never given the opportunity to try the lawn.  Rise Up is her second foal and first to earn blacktype.  Appenzell has a yearling Tiz Wonderful filly and a Tiznow weanling.  She’s a half sister to the multiple stakes placed Old Fashion Girl (by Arch).  That one is the dam of the multiple stakes winning turf filly In The Rough (by Stormy Atlantic).
Rise Up’ssecond dam Bourbon Blues doesn’t own any black type, but his third dam, Beal Street Blues (by Dixieland Band) won the Del Mar Debutante. She’s a full sister to Dixieland Brass, hero of the Fountain of Youth (G-2) and Hutcheson Stakes (G-3).

Rise Up horse pedigree profile

Johannesburg horse Rise Up’s damsire JOHANNESBURG (Hennessy - Myth, by Ogygian) dominated the best juveniles in England, Ireland and France. Then he travled to the US and took on the best two year olds in the 2001 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and conquered them too. He earned two year old Championship honors in all three countries.  As is often the case with spectacular juveniles, Johannesburg didn’t progress as a three year old. He was second in the Group 3 Gladness Stakes before an ambitious start in the Kenntucky Derby, where he finished a middling eighth behind War Emblem.
Johannesburg is a young broodmare sire, represented by only five stakes winners. Rise Up is the only one to have won past a mile.
Rockport Harbor has two foals out of Johannesburg mares. Both are winners and one owns blacktype.
Rise Up runs with his head cocked to the side. He prefers to relax on the lead and doesn’t seem bothered when other colts run with him. He has a quick leg action without excess movement, but tends to drift. This could be simple inexperience.
There’s no doubt that Rise Up is a talented youngster who has been beating up on lesser colts.  Previous Delta Jackpot winners haven’t stamped themselves as Classic contenders. In fact, the best two colt to have captured the race, Big Drama and Goldencents, became quality sprinter/milers. Rise Up doesn’t have a classic pedigree. His sire so far has one stakes winner at 1 1/8 miles, none farther. Had he llived, Rockport Harbor may have produced a winner at 1 ¼ miles, but it would have been an anomaly.  Johannesburg has sired four winners at 1 ¼ miles – all over the turf.  Rise Up has shown his prowness over dirt, but he also has a good turf pedigree. If things don’t pan out for him on dirt, we could see a surface switch.


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