Betting The Risen Star Stakes At Fair Grounds

Risen Star Stakes Starts Championship Series Races on the Road to the Kentucky

The Risen Star Stakes leads off the Road to the Kentucky Derby Championship Series races Saturday at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. The Kentucky Derby points system was implemented in 2013, and the 1 1/8 mile Grade II Risen Star awards 50 points to the winner and all but assures a spot in the 2021 Kentucky Derby.

I chip-in Risen Star coverage at TheLines, and also a feature piece in Forbes with expert picks from industry contacts with information you can bet on.

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2021 Risen Star race information

  • Date: Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021
  • Time: 7:18 p.m. ET (Race 13)
  • TV: FOX Sports 2 and TVG
  • Track & Location: Fair Grounds in New Orleans, La
  • Distance: 1 1/8 miles (9 furlongs)
  • Surface: Dirt
  • Horses: 3-Year-Old Thoroughbreds
  • Twitter: @fairgroundsnola


Note the favorite Keepmeinmind (3/1) was scratched, and will run in next Saturday’s $750,000 Southwest Stakes. Horses to watch with analysis in TheLines preview. Plenty of runners to watch in this race, and some will return for the Louisiana Derby. The top 4 finishers from last months Lecomte Stakes are running in the Risen Star, with Midnight Bourbon, Proxy and Mandaloun the top-3 finishers in that race.


TheLines’ 2021 Horse Racing Guide includes betting information for all the Kentucky Derby Championship Series races.

  • Feb. 13: Risen Star * – Fair Grounds
  • Feb. 27: Fountain of Youth * – Gulfstream Park
  • March 6: Gotham Stakes * – Aqueduct
  • March 6: Tampa Bay Derby * – Tampa Bay Downs
  • March 6: San Felipe * – Santa Anita Park
  • March 13: Rebel Stakes * – Oaklawn Park
  • March 20: Louisiana Derby ** – Fair Grounds
  • March 27: Jeff Ruby Stakes ** – Turfway Park
  • March 27: Florida Derby ** – Gulfstream Park
  • March 27: UAE Derby ** – Meydan Race Course
  • March 30: Sunland Derby * – Sunland Park
  • April 3: Blue Grass ** – Keeneland
  • April 3: Santa Anita Derby ** – Santa Anita Park
  • April 3: Wood Memorial ** – Aqueduct
  • April 10: Arkansas Derby ** – Oaklawn Park

*85 points race and 50 points to the winner

**170 points race and 100 points to the winner

Post race update: Mandaloun (2/1) wins Risen Star Stakes by 1 1/4 lengths over Proxy (4/1) with Midnight Bourbon (5/1) a close third. O Besos (21/1) finished fourth another 5 lengths behind.

The betslip had winners on $3 Exacta ($41.70) and $1 Trifecta ($58.10) with Mandaloun on top as winner.

Mandaloun was 16/1 in recent Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager this past weekend, and will see his odds drop in half for Pool 4 that is the weekend starting March 5. The Kentucky Derby Future Wager is an opportunity for fans to bet early on the potential Derby horse they think will earn a spot in the starting gate and go on to win the Kentucky Derby race.

Author: FairwayJay is a leading national sports betting analyst, writer, handicapper and sports betting insider providing insight and information you can bet on for nearly two decades from Las Vegas. He chips in additional sports betting coverage and reporting on industry news and events for leading media and sports betting sites and companies. Follow him on Twitter: @FairwayJay