Sitting in second place with about 100 yards to go, 21-1 shot Bravazo surged toward the finish and won the $400,000 Grade II Risen Star Stakes by a nose on Saturday at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans.
The win, which netted 50 points on the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard, all but assured the D. Wayne Lukas-trained colt a spot in May’s Run for the Roses. Ridden by Miguel Mena out of Calumet Farm, Bravazo covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.95 and edged out runner-up Snapper Sinclair, who went off at 41-1 odds. Noble Indy, at 5-2 odds, finished third. 7-5 morning-line favorite Instilled Regard pushed the leaders in the stretch but faded to finish fourth.
Bravazo paid $44 for the win and Snapper Sinclair paid $26.60 for the place. A $2 exacta returned $603.40 and a $1 trifecta paid $1,691.20.
Filly makes history in El Camino
Paved, favored at 2-1, made history Saturday at Golden Gate Fields in California, becoming the first filly to win the $100,000 El Camino Real Derby.
Bred in Kentucky at St. George Farm and trained by Michael McCarthy, she outran runner-up City Plan, who had 9-1 odds, by 1 1/4 lengths and paid $6.20 for the win. Blended Citizen (10-1) rounded out the board.
A $1 exacta paid $25.60 and a $1 trifecta paid $160.90. The win earned Paved 10 points on the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard.