$400,000, GII Rise Star Stakes, 3YOs, at 1 1/16 miles (dirt) ( Race #11, Post time 5:25 p.m. CST).
The GII Risen Star Stakes is the 2nd leg of this season’s Derby Trail races here at the Fair Grounds this winter and it to is a 50-20-10-5 derby points race for the top 4 finishers. 14, 3yo’s plus 2 A/E’s are lined up here this Saturday on another big Fair Grounds multiple graded stakes card!
Vicar’s in Trouble , at 5/2, by Into Mischief, is tapped the M/L favorite here, coming off a visually impressive GIII Lecomte Stakes score here last out in a going away 6 3/4 lengths victory and looking for all the world like the same performance that Oxbow gave in last year’s Le Comte win! He tends to like it up front early and if he has something left at the end like last time out he’ll be big trouble for this group too!
Rise Up , at 4/1, by Rockport Harbor, won the GIII Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes last out winning by 6 lengths in that wire to wire score! He’s pretty an early vanguard runner and if not for a 6th in the GIII Iroquois Stakes last Sept. he’d be 5 for 5 right now!
Gold Hawk , at 8/1, by Empire Maker, was the heavy favorite in that same Le Comte Stakes here last out but didn’t have it when it counted most that day finishing 7 1/4 lengths back for 3rd! Never off the board in 3 lifetime starts and is a closer type!
Hoppertunity , at 8/1, by Any Given Saturday, is coming off a mile mdn win out at Santa Anita park last out, clicking a nice 1:36.4 time in a good stalk and pounce 3 lengths win! Bob Baffert train and gets a Martin Garica ride here on Saturday!
Intense Holiday, also at 8/1, by Harlan’s Holiday, has run in 4 straight GI or GII’s races. He was 5th in the GI Champagne, 4th, twice in the GII Nashua and Remsen Stakes and 3rd in the GII Holy Bull Stakes last out! He is Todd Pletcher trained and todd’s bringing Mike Smith to ride him here on Saturday! The pp’s show he is no early speed but could be a force in here last if the 2 favorite burn each other out!
Albano, at 12/1, by Istan, was 2nd last out in that same GIII LeComte Stakes who also lost ground in the stretch to Vicar’s in Trouble , finishing back all those 6 lengths. He too looks to be an early stalker or front-runner too!
Son of a Preacher , at 20/1, by Pulpit, finished 4th last out in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn which is where he started the race! He looks like another possible early speed here on Saturday!
Quick Indian, Commanding Curve , and A/E Emmett Park are all 20/1 in here, Flat Gone and Interchange , are 30/1 with Vigorish at 50/1 might all be worth a look for a super filler here, as the 2013 edition of this race was won by Ive Struck a Nerve , at an eye-popping 135/1 odds over the likes of West Code, Oxbow, Palace Malice, Normandy Invasion and Mylute!
Everyone “now” want a piece of these long shots?
Crazy things have been happening at the Fair Grounds in these early season 3yo tests over the past few year’s, so we recommend you spread your money out as wide as it makes sense for you here on Saturday in the $400,000, GII Risen Star Stakes!
|1.||Albano||K D Clark||116||J L Jones||12/1|
|2.||Rise Up||G Melancon||120||T M Amoss||4/1|
|3.||Flat Gone||C Landeros||116||J K Desormeaux||30/1|
|4.||Vigorish||M Pedroza||116||D W Lukas||50/1|
|6.||Gold Hawk||C S Nakatani||116||S M Asmussen||8/1|
|7.||Interchange||E T Baird||116||T A Clark||30/1|
|8.||Hoppertunity||M Garcia||116||B Baffert||8/1|
|9.||Intense Holiday||M E Smith||116||T A Pletcher||8/1|
|10.||Son of a Preacher||M Mena||116||W B Calhoun||20/1|
|11.||Quick Indian||B J Hernandez, Jr.||116||M R Scherer||20/1|
|12.||Xtra Luck||R E Eramia||116||D Pish||50/1|
|13.||Commanding Curve||R Albarado||116||D Stewart||20/1|
|14.||Vicar’s in Trouble||R Napravnik||120||M J Maker||5/2|
|15.||Emmett Park||J Graham||116||R J Pincins||20/1|
Picks are – 2,9,6,14 exacta box, with the 8 or 1 at the back of a super play!