EW ORLEANS (AP) - Long-shot Ive Struck A Nerve edged Code West at the wire in the $400,000 Grade II Risen Star Stakes on Saturday at the Fair Grounds.
Ive Struck A Nerve, Code West and Palice 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 135-1 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.
Prerace favorite Normandy Invasion broke poorly and was not a factor.
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