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Notional and and Robby Albarado after winning the Risen Star Stakes
The most important race this weekend for horses aiming for the Kentucky Derby and the Triple Crown is the $300,000 Risen Star Stakes (G3) at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. Originally, a full field of 14 three-year-olds were entered but two scratched the day before the race, leaving twelve to contest the 1 1/16 mile trip over the main track. Circular Quay, the runner-up in last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile, was sent off as the 6-5 favorite over 3-1 Notional, shipping in from his California base after winning the San Rafael in his last start. 6-1 Zanjero rounded out the top three horses on the toteboard, off his second place finish in the Remsen last time out.
First time by with Makeithapencaptain, Beta Capo, and Westwon out front. They were nowhere to be seen at the end.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 12 Notional Albarado 7.80 4.80 4.00 8 Imawildandcrazyguy Jara 8.60 6.00 10 Zanjero Castanon 4.00 Winning Time: 1:44.18 $2 Exacta 12-8 80.60 $2 Trifecta 12-8-10 307.20 $2 Superfecta 12-8-10-4 2214.40
Notional in the winner's circle with trainer Doug O'Neill on the far left. O'Neill said, "Robby (Albarado) gave him a great ride. I'd like to thank my brother Dennis and Paul Reddam for picking (Notional) out. We shipped three days out, which was an acid test to see how he would handle it. To have him run the way he did is unbelievable."
The trophy presentation with trainer Doug O'Neill in the gray suit and Risen Star's owner Ronny LeMarque on the right. (left)
Notional and Robby Albarado return after the race. (right)
Second place finisher Imawildandcrazyguy in the paddock. (left)
Third place finisher Zanjero in the post parade. (right)
Beaten favorite and fifth place finisher Circular Quay. His Jockey John Velazquez said, "It (the spill with Slew's Tizzy) all happened right next to me. I said my prayers, I didn't go down. That's what I've got to say about this race." Trainer Todd Pletcher added, "He was flying by everybody at the end. Obviously, we were very unlucky today, but I wouldn't trade places with anybody now. There are troubled trips - but it would be hard to categorize exactly what this was today. The horse looks fine, and the Louisiana Derby would be likely."
Seagulls scatter as the fillies break from the gate for the Silverbulletday Stakes
Jockey John Velazquez sent favorite Appealing Zophie to the front right away while off the rail, and she set a slow pace of 24.66, 48.93, and 1:13.60 while being stalked by Total to her inside the whole way. The pair continued to duel to the 1/8 pole, and then when asked by Velazquez, Appealing Zophie switched leads and shook off the stubborn Total, pulling away to win by 4 1/4 lengths in 1:44.13. It was another 1 3/4 lengths back from Total to late-running Get Ready Bertie.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 2 Appealing Zophie Valazquez 5.80 3.40 2.60 3 Total Campbell 3.80 2.60 6 Get Ready Bertie Albarado 2.20 Winning Time: 1:44:13 $2 Exacta 2-3 17.00 $2 Trifecta 2-3-6 45.20 $2 Superfecta 2-3-6-1 267.00
Appealing Zophie inthe winner's circle. Trainer Steve Asmussen is on the far left in the back with the beard. Asmussen said, "She's a good filly. She won a Grade 1 last year (the Spinaway). She didn't run her race at Delta. We stayed on it with her. We would have liked to run her in the Tiffany Lass, but we lost some time with her because of weather."
Appealing Zophie heads for the winner's circle after the Silverbulletday. Winning Jockey John Velazquez said, "It's good to be right with the other speed horse (#3, Total)and to slow it down like we did. When I hit her, she switched leads and got away from the 3."
Second place finisher Total in the paddock. Her jockey Jesse Campbell said, "She ran a little green, but that may be because she never had a horse leave her like that. She got a little tired, but it was a bang-up race. I'm very proud of her." (left)
Third place finisher Get Ready Bertie in the post parade. (right)
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