HRT Highlights #50: Risen Star Stakes Recap

In HRT we bring the latest information about horse racing. In this HRT Highlights #50, we will look at racing across the US starting with the Risen Star Stakes.

HRT Highlights #50

Risen Star Stakes

The Fair Grounds hosted the Risen Star and it is the first of the races that award 50 points to the winner.  Brad Cox sent out Angel of Empire to victory in the 9-furlong race becoming the 5th horse in the barn getting Derby Prep points.  Angel of Empire went off at 13/1 under Luis Saez and navigated his way through a 14-horse field for his third victory.  His next start figures to be in the Louisiana Derby.   

February Stakes

The February Stakes run at Tokyo Racecourse is one of only two G1’s run in Japan and also is a Win and You’re In for the Breeders’ Cup Classic.  Two-time winner Cafe Pharoah shipped the race to run in the 20-million-dollar Saudi Cup. 5-year-old Lemon Pop took full advantage as he stalked the pace and then rallied to the front and held on for his 8th win in 11 starts.  

Hyacinth Stakes

Also at Tokyo Racecourse was the Hyacinth worth 30 qualifying points for the Derby.  The top points earning in Japanese points will get a guaranteed spot in the Kentucky DerbyPerriere won the 1600-meter race by 1 1/2 lengths as the favorite.  The final race in the Japan Road to the Derby will take place on March 25th in the Fukuryu Stakes     

Rachel Alexandra Stakes

Meanwhile, on the Road to the Oaks, Future book favorite Hoosier Philly went off at 1/5 and was last of six early and finished a distant third.  Pretty Mischievous under Tyler Gaffalione went head and head with Miracle and won by nearly a length.  The Brendan Walsh trainee went off at 8/1 and sits atop the Oaks standing with 63 points

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