The early races of the Kentucky Derby prep race season are often relatively easy to predict. Notable entries and highly rated colts enter the fray and usually begin to separate themselves from the herd. The 2018 Risen Star was expected to be won by a 7⁄5 favorite, Instilled Regard in what could be a close race.
The remainder of the field was compiled of longshots ranging from Supreme Aura at 12⁄1 odds to Ebben who topped out at 99⁄1 by the time the 2018 Risen Star reached post time.
Early pace setter Snapper Sinclair set fractions of :24.15 and :47.96 with 41⁄1 odds and was flanked by Kentucky Jockey Club runner Bravazo, who posted at 21⁄1 odds. With the three favorite runners sitting in the pocket, the race was unfolding as the morning line odds makers had predicted.
Then the two leaders flipped the script. Bravazo and Snapper Sinclair seemed to bring out the best in each other as they roared into the homestretch with the trio of favorites behind them fought to catch up. The pair of longshots crossed the wire in a nail biting photo finish. Bravazo was declared the winner by a nose in a time of 1:42.95.
This was the type of performance that trainer D. Wayne Lukas had expected out of the Awesome Again colt, who is a homegrown talent for Calumet Farm. He improved his record to 3-1-1 in 7 starts and has $426,528 in career earnings thanks to the victory. He also picked up 50 points on the Kentucky Derby trail as the winner of the 2018 Risen Star Stakes.
Noble Indy secured third and Instilled Regard finished fourth.
Learn more about the Risen Star with these indepth stories:
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HANSON: Bravazo pulls upset for Calumet in Risen Star
SCULLY: Instilled Regard favored in Risen Star as Championship Series gets underway
|4||Snapper Sinclair 41-1||$26.60||$9.80|
|2||Noble Indy 5-2||$4.20|