NEW ORLEANS — Long-shot Ive Struck A Nerve edged Code West at the wire in the $400,000 Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes on Saturday at the Fair Grounds.
Aiken-based Dogwood Stable’s Palace Malice was third.
Ive Struck A Nerve, Code West and Palace Malice were nose to nose down the stretch in the final prep for the Louisiana Derby. Code West overtook pacesetter Proud Strike at the half-mile pole, setting up the stretch run.
Ive Struck a Nerve, trained by J. Keith Desormeaux and ridden by James Graham, went off at 99-1 and paid $272.40, $110.60 and $42.40.
Louisiana bred Ive Struck A Nerve broke a streak of Florida-bred horses winning the past three Risen Star Stakes.
Code West, trained by Bob Baffert, paid $8.80 and $5.60.
Palace Malice, trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Rosie Napravnik, paid $4.60.
Prerace favorite Normandy Invasion broke poorly and was not a factor.
FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH: In Hallandale Beach, Fla., Orb came from well off the pace to beat heavily favored Violence and win the Grade 2 race, a major Kentucky Derby prep race for 3-year-olds.
Ridden by John Velazquez and trained by Shug McGaughey, Orb finished the mile-and-a-sixteenth in 1 minute, 42.24 seconds on a fast track at Gulfstream Park.
Orb, now a winner of three consecutive races, returned $12.80, $4 and $3.
The previously unbeaten Violence was second, and Speak Logistics finished third. Violence paid $2.40 and $2.10 and Speak Logistics paid $4.
It was the third consecutive time Orb came from way back in the pack to win, and the victory quickly makes him a strong contender for the Kentucky Derby.
AQUEDUCT: In New York, N F.’s Destiny extended his winning streak to three with another dominant victory, beating Dawly by 2½ lengths Saturday in the $62,000 allowance feature at Aqueduct.
After the 4-year-old gelding, ridden by Jose Ortiz and trained by Linda Rice, shook off an early challenge from Crown the Chief, the 3-5 favorite was unchallenged the rest of the way. The trio of wins by a combined 12½ lengths lifted his overall record to 4 for 7.
N.F.’s Destiny ran six furlongs in 1:10.78 in the mud and paid $3.50, $2.40 and $2.10. Dawly returned $3.40 and $2.80, and Rein King paid $3.30 to show.