Twice the fun: Risen Star Stakes splits in two with 23 horses entered

Winners of both divisional races advance to Kentucky Derby

Thomas Perumean
February 16, 2020 - 8:05 am
Risen Star Stakes splits in two with more than 20 horses entered



Faced with 23 entries for the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes, operators at Fairgrounds Race Course split the contest into two divisions.  

Eleven horses competed in the first race, twelve in the second.  

In the first race, Mr. Monomoy ran wire to wire to win.

The second race saw Modernist grab the win.

Owners, trainers and the race fans were very happy with the decision to run two divisions.

"I'll give the Fairgrounds and Churchill Downs a lot of credit for doing that," Modernist's Trainer William Mott praised. "I mean there's a lot of people who want to find out about their horses this time of year, we being one of them."

Mr. Monomoy's owner Michael Dubb talked about the competition involved with trying to get to the Derby.  

"As an owner we're all in the game to win the big race," he said.  "[Splitting the race] gives us the opportunity to get on that trail, so kudos to Fairgrounds for splitting the race."

Both horses now begin training for the Kentucky Derby, held during the first weekend in May.  

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