The Road to the Kentucky Derby took a sharp turn this past weekend when the first of the prep races to offer 50-20-10-5 point distribution was won by an unexpected contender. Girvin opened as an 8/1 longshot and was given even less of a chance considering he had drawn the inside post. But the Joe Sharp trainee was able to baffle the crowd at Fair Grounds over the weekend and capsize the 2017 Risen Star Stakes results.
Guest Suite and Mo Town were the top two choices on the board, garnering 7/2 and 3/2 odds respectively but both barely factored in to the contest at all. Instead, it was Local Hero who opened as the pace setter as a 3/1 outside shot. He was overtaken down the home stretch by Girvin. Untrapped was the other surprise at this race as he ran to second place.
With the very shocking 2017 Risen Star Stakes results, Girvin paid out $18.20, $8.60 and $5.80 with the win. Untrapped was worth $8.00 to place at 8/1 while Local Hero held on for third for a payout of $4.60.
Winning jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. held a long view of the 2017 Risen Star Stakes results, knowing what the future holds for Girvin and other recent winners. “From here on, the races will get tougher but he’s the right kind of horse,” Brian said. “He has a lot of athletic ability and he looks like he’ll keep getting better and better.”
Trainer Joe Sharp was a little more enthusiastic. “It’s unbelievable, I lost my voice,” Sharp noted. “We believed in this horse all along, but you never know how good they are until you stack them up against the competition. We had all the confidence in the world in Brian. But we’re in shock.”
The unexpected 2017 Risen Star Stakes results are a death blow to the candidacy of Mo Town who will look to rally and could very well enter the Louisiana Derby later in the spring. He is no longer considered a Triple Crown contender, and Girvin still has plenty of work to do to build on the momentum he just generated.