Feb 18, 2005
Risen Star Stakes goes to Scipion
By: SPORTS NETWORK
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Scipion, ridden by Gary Stevens, came
well off the pace to win Saturday's $150,000 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds.
The Risen Star is a major prep race for the Louisiana Derby on March 12.
Eleven three-year-olds went to the starting gate for the 1 1/16 mile stakes race.
The 6-5 favorite was lightly raced Harlington, who was looking for his first
stakes win. Local runner Storm Surge was attempting to make it three stakes
victories at the Fair Grounds.
Breaking sharply from the gate was Electric Light along with Storm Surge and
Silent Bid. Electric Light set the pace around the clubhouse turn and into the
backstretch. Along side the leader was Silent Bid with Storm Surge and
Bold Lion pressing the pace.
Around the final turn Silent Bid took a short lead over Electric Light. At the top
of the stretch Storm Surge moved to the front and appeared to be on his way
to victory. However, coming from the rear was Scipion.
Scipion powered past the leader and held on for a length win. Finishing second
was 40-1 long shot Real Dandy. Storm Surge held on for third and Electric Light
faded to fourth. Harlington finished sixth after running seventh for most
of the race.
The time for the Risen Star Stakes was 1:44.54.
Scipion is trained by Patrick Biancone and owned by Virginia Kraft Payson.
The win was worth $90,000 to bring the colt's earnings to $143,240. This was
Scipion's first stakes win and just his second overall in five starts. Stevens was
riding the three-year-old for the first time.
Scipion returned $22.20, $11.20 and $7.40. Real Dandy paid $34.40 and
$15.20, and Storm Surge paid $5.40 for show.
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