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Girvin Answers All Questions With Louisiana Derby Win

By Margaret Ransom

2/25/2017 - Brian Hernandez, Jr. guides Girvin to victory in the 45th running of the Grade II Risen Star Stakes. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr.

Brad Grady’s Girvin (pictured winning the Risen Star Stakes) is now headed to the Kentucky Derby after his Louisiana Derby. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr.

Despite winning the Risen Star Stakes (GII) at Fair Grounds a month ago, a bit of a question mark still hung over Brad Grady’s Girvin heading into Saturday’s Louisiana Derby (GI) at Fair Grounds. Was he really a turf runner? Could he get the distance? Was he pace dependent? Was his young trainer capable of getting one ready for the biggest race in the country?

And just like that, the dark bay or brown son of Tale of Ekati answered them all and then some, stamping himself as a legit Kentucky Derby (GI) threat with an impressive 1 ¼-length come-from-behind victory in the $1 million race, picking up 100 points in the process and assuring the world he will be… (more)


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