Horse Racing News by Claire Novak
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's International Star came back for more Feb. 21, punching through on the rail to win the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes after taking the Jan. 17 Lecomte Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Flaxman Holdings' homebred two-time Eclipse Award winner Main Sequence powered to victory in his season debut Feb. 21, taking the $200,000 Mac Diarmida Stakes at Gulfstream Park with an impressive kick in the final furlong.
Holy Bull Stakes winner and 4-5 favorite Upstart was disqualified after crossing the wire first in the $400,000 Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes Feb. 21 at Gulfstream Park, with 5-1 Itsaknockout elevated from second to his first graded win.
WinStar Farm and Twin Creeks Racing Stables' Constitution notched his second Grade 1 victory Feb. 7 at Gulfstream Park and made an impressive 4-year-old debut, taking the $500,000 Donn Handicap wire-to-wire while holding off 2014 Donn winner Lea.
Black Rock Thoroughbreds' Far From Over overcame a bad start to upset 1-2 favorite El Kabeir Feb. 7 in the $250,000 Withers Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack, closing much ground en route to his first graded score.
El Kabeir, the current leader on the road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will look to take the next step toward the starting gate on the first Saturday in May when he tackles the $250,000 Withers Stakes.
Unbeaten Dortmund can solidify his position as the West Coast's top 3-year-old when he faces five opponents in the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes Feb. 7 at Santa Anita Park.
Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider's Lea was brilliant in the 2014 Donn Handicap, defeating eventual 3-year-old champion Will Take Charge in track record time to earn his first Grade 1 victory.
Stonestreet Stables' Ocean Knight, winner of his only start in solid fashion, heads a group of 12 entered for the $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes Jan. 31 at Tampa Bay Downs.
Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence's Leave the Light On, winner of last fall's Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack, has been forced off the Kentucky Derby trail after suffering an ankle injury.