Stakes Profile: Risen Star
By Dana Byerly, Hello Race Fans Co-founder

Originally published on February 15, 2018

The Risen Star is a 8.5 furlong race for 3-year-olds at Fair Grounds. First run in 1973, it’s currently a Kentucky Derby points race. Large fields in 1993 and 1995 resulted in the race being run in two divisions and in 2006 it was run at Louisiana Downs.

Below is a snapshot of what has produced Risen Star winners since 1991 including odds, bettors’ choice, field size, running styles, prior race location, prior race finish position, number of days since the last race as well as Brisnet speed figures.

The charts and graphs are interactive. Hover over or touch bars and lines for more information.

All data is via Equibase with the exception of Brisnet ratings.

Note for mobile users: Charts and graphs are best viewed on bigger devices, but viewing them in landscape/horizontally will slightly improve your viewing experience.

Risen Star Winners Odds & Payouts 1991-2019

Odds are shown as listed in the charts. Hover-over or touch each bar for $2 payout.

2013 winner I’ve Struck a Nerve has been excluded from the graph as an outlier at $1 odd of $135.20 to allow for better overall visualization, but is included in the averages and medians.


Average $1 Odds: $8.60
Median $1 Odds: $2.80

Average $1 Odds: $18.60
Median $1 Odds: $4.40


Average $2 Win: $19.10
Median $2 Win: $7.60

Average $2 Win: $38.90
Median $2 Win: $9.60

Risen Star Winners Bettors’ Choice and Field Size 1991-2019

Bettors’ Choice is the ranked order of the field by final odds: The favorite is the first choice, the second favorite is the second choice and so on. For example, 2017 winner Girvin was 5th choice in an 11 horse field. Hover-over or touch the bars for more information


Average Choice of Winner: 2.65
Average Field Size: 9.71
Average Favorite Finish Position: 3.42

Average Choice of Winner: 3.33
Average Field Size: 11.46
Average Favorite Finish Position: 4.10

Winning Risen Star Running Styles 1991-2019

To read the charts below, 0 on the vertical axis is the lead, any distance behind the leader is below 0 and any distance above 0 is the amount the leader is ahead of the next horse. At the bottom are the points of call as they correspond to the charts. Each line is a horse, and you can hover over the point of call for each line to see more information about the horse.

For example, if you hover over the bottom-most line in the first chart at the 1/2 mile mark you’ll see that in the 2004 winner Gradepoint was 10 lengths behind the leader at this point in the race.

Off the pace runners have had a slight edge in the Risen Star since 1991 and that trend has continued over the last 10 year.

Position at the 1/2 mile mark…
Presser/Stalker: Between .1 and 3 lengths off leader
Off the pace: Between 3 and 6 lengths off the leader
Deep closer: More than 6 lengths off the leader

Below is a closer look at winning running styles by decade.

Winning Risen Star Running Styles 1991-1999
Winning Risen Star Running Styles 2000-2009
Winning Risen Star Running Styles 2010-2019

Risen Star Winners Last Track Raced & Days Since 1991-2019

The majority of Risen Star winners have come from Fair Grounds since 1991, but in the last 10 years winners have been evenly split between Fair Grounds and Gulfstream. Winners have generally raced within the last 35 days.

Days Since Last Race 1991-2019
Average Days Since Last Race: 34.48
Median Days Since Last Race: 28

Winners Placing in Prior Race 1991-2019

Risen Star Brisnet Ratings 1991-2019

Below is a look at Brisnet speed ratings of Risen Star winners. Learn how the figures are calculated and keep up with weekly ratings for stakes races.

Winners Last Three Brisnet Speed Ratings 1991-2019

The chart below represents the last three Brisnet Speed Ratings earned by the Risen Star winner, and includes the winning figure for the Risen Star. In instances where a starter did not have three consecutive Brisnet Speed Ratings leading into the Risen Star, the line starts with most recent. For example, the top most line at “2 Races Back” belongs to 2003 winner Badge of Silver, who only has two consecutive Brisnet Speed Ratings leading into the race.

Coming into the Risen Star 1991-2019
Brisnet speed ratings - Risen Star
Brisnet Speed Averages 1991-2019
Winning Brisnet Speed: 98
Brisnet Speed Prior Race: 96
Brisnet Speed 2 Back: 92
Brisnet Speed 3 Back: 90

The last ten years have been close to the overall trend with 50% of winners coming in on an improved Brisnet Speed Rating. Only 20% of the winners came in on a two race Brisnet Speed Rating improvement.

Winners Last Three Brisnet Speed Ratings 2009-2019


The Risen Star has generally been a good betting race. The average winning odds since 1991 are 8.6-1 with a median of 2.8-1 and an average $19.10 payout for a $2 win ticket. Since 2010 those averages have shot up to odds of 18.6-1 and $38.90 to win, largely thanks to longshot winners I’ve Struck a Nerve (2013) and Bravazo (2018). Medians since 2010 were also up, although less dramatically, to odds of 4.4-1 and $9.60 to win.

Favorites have under performed the 2017 average win rate of 37.89%, winning only 29% of the time since 1991. The winner on average has been the 2nd choice (2.65) since 1991 but, like odds and payouts, has crept up to 3rd choice (3.33) since 2010.

Off the pace runners have won 32.2% of the time and staker/pressers have won 29% of the time. Wire-to-wire winners have had the least success since 1991 winning only 16.3% of the time.

Winners have predominantly come from Fair Grounds in the full time period, but in the last 10 years both Fair Grounds and Gulfstream have sent 40% of the winners. Field size has been far above the 2017 average of 7.7 with an average of 9.71 starters since 1991 and an average of 11.46 starters since 2010.

A notable 67.7% of winners came in on an improved Brisnet Speed Rating from their prior race.

Finish Last Race
Won or in the money
Running Style
Off the pace runners
Brisnet Speed Ratings
Coming in on an improved speed rating
Favorites have low win %

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