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Girvin Racing News
Girvin stormed into the Kentucky Derby picture with an easy victory in the Risen Star Stakes (G2) at Fair Grounds Feb. 25, all but securing a Kentucky Derby start.
Trained by Joe Sharp, Girvin won his debut Dec. 16 at Fair Grounds before being switched to turf for the Keith Gee Memorial Overnight Stakes Feb. 4, finishing second. Returning to dirt, he dented a number of reputations with his Risen Star victory, beating Untrapped, Local Hero, and Guest Suite.
Bred by Bob Austin and John Witte, Girvin was a $130,000 yearling purchase at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton October sale. He is owned by Brad Grady.
Girvin is by Tale of Ekati, a winner of the Wood Memorial (G1) and the Cigar Mile (G1). His sire was best at a mile, and there will be some doubts about his ability to stay the 1-1/4 mile Derby trip.
However, his style of racing gives some confidence in his stamina. He settled just off the speed and showed a very good turn of foot to win the 1-1/16 mile Risen Star Stakes, showing no sign of tiring towards the end. In addition, he showed in his first two races that he has plenty of courage.
Girvin has only been available in previous pools of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager as part of the “all other runners” option, though he should be an individual option in the next pool. He can’t be ignored in what looks like a wide-open Derby for punters. More clues about his prospects should emerge in his next likely start, the Louisiana Derby (G2) April 1.
|1st||Risen Star Stakes||II||1 1/16 Miles||Dirt||Feb 25, 2017|
|2nd||Keith Gee Memorial Overnight Stakes||About 1 Mile||Turf||Feb 4, 2017|
|1st||Maiden Special Weight||6 Furlongs||Dirt||Dec 16, 2016|