On Sunday the Triple Crown Trail made its way back to the Fair Grounds in New Orleans for the Grade 3 Risen Star Stakes, a $150,000 event over 1 1/16 miles on the main track. The 11-10 favorite was Mr. Jester, off his victory in the $1 million Delta Jackpot Stakes at Delta Downs back in December.
Gradepoint holds off M4. Jester in the Risen Star Stakes.
Winning jockey Robby Albarado said, "He was much more push-button today. I don't think his best races have showed up yet because he showed a lot of improvement in this race, and I think with his connections and his breeding, he could be a top contender [for the Kentucky Derby]."
Winning trainer Neil Howard said, "I felt like he'd do better today than his last effort. I thought he would close the ground like he did. A.P. Indy's needs more time to mature, and I believe this horse is beginning to mature." Gradepoint will likely start next in the Louisiana Derby on March 7.
Steve Wren, trainer of second place finisher and beaten favorite Mr. Jester, said, "I'm very pleased. It looks like he got a little tired. It seems today that this is a tiring kind of track, and he put in a great run. I hate to run second, but under these conditions he got what he needed."
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