Description: Intense Holiday (KY) DK B/, C, foaled April 20, 2011 (Harlan's Holiday - Intensify, by Unbridled's Song) found racing luck on his side as he navigated his way to the front by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith to win the 1 1/16 $400K Grade II Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course February 22, 2014. Mr. Smith got Intense Holiday out of the gate and into the Clubhouse turn in good position not far off the rail but had to take up slightly to avoid clipping heels half way around that turn. Team Jones' Albano was showing the way up front and Intense Holiday found racing room just to the inside of Vicar's In Trouble down the back stretch. Those two got into contention as they moved around the far turn and Vicar's In Trouble made an early move to range up on Albano as they turned for home. Albano kept going and Vicar's In Trouble could not keep up. Intense Holiday made his run down the stretch and just got up in time to win by a nose over Albano. Vicar's In Trouble was 5 1/2 lengths further back in 3rd. Intense Holiday picked up 50 points for his victory in the Risen Star, 3 points for his 3rd place finish in the Holy Bull and 1 point for his 4th place finish in the Remsen. He sits atop the Kentucky Derby Leader Board with 53. Intense Holiday race record is 2-0-1 from 7 starts and he has earned $351,900. He was bred by Machmer Hall and Haymarket Farm and he is owned by Starlight Racing. Intense Holiday is being trained by multiple Eclipse Award winning trainer Todd Pletcher. Drawing by Daily Racing Funnies ®.
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