A minority interest in Big Chief Racing's Ive Struck a Nerve, the sophomore son of Yankee Gentleman who vaulted into first on the Road to the Kentucky Derby points list with his upset win in the Grade 2 Risen Star at Fair Grounds on February 23, has been sold, trainer Keith Desormeaux confirmed Thursday.
"I don't know too much about it," Desormeaux said when speaking about the sale, "and I don't know how the word got out so fast. I haven't talked to Mr. (Paul) Braverman (Ive Struck a Nerve's new minority owner) and I don't know any of the details, only that a 'minority' interest in the horse has been sold by my owner Matt Bryan (of Big Chief Racing).
"The only thing I do know is that I'm still the horse's trainer, and that's nice," he added. "I'm very appreciative of the fact that the owner or owners have decided to keep me as the trainer. That's the only way a little guy like me can make it to the big dance.
"The horse is doing fine," Desormeaux concluded. "He's getting very fit and we are looking forward to running him back in the (Grade 2, $1 million) Louisiana Derby (on March 30)."
Ive Struck a Nerve won the Risen Star at odds of 135-1, resulting in a win payoff of $272.40 for a $2 wager. Prior to that, the bay colt was fourth in the Grade 3 LeComte to open his three-year-old campaign.
The Kentucky-bred closed out his juvenile season with a runner-up effort in the Sugar Bowl at the New Orleans track, which was his best stakes finish until taking the Risen Star.