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Free Risen Star Stakes (G2) Past Performances (2019)

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Free Risen Star Stakes past performances for Saturday, February 16, 2019 at Fair Grounds in New Orleans

The field for the Risen Star Stakes (G2) has already been drawn a week out from the race. The Risen Star Stakes has been carded as the 12th and final race of the day on a big weekend for horse racing fans in New Orleans.

The full field of 14 is headed by the LeComte (G3) winner War of Will who will be racing towards the top cash prize in the $400,000 graded stakes event for three-year-old hopefuls on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. And in addition to the money, the Risen Star also awards 50 points to the winner on the Road to the Kentucky Derby.

The Official Field for the 1 1/16 miles Risen Star Stakes (G2) at Fair Grounds

PP Horse Trainer Odds
1 Plus Que Parfait Brendan Walsh 10/1
One of six who returns from the LeComte including three of the four finishing in front of him. But he stumbled at the start going shorter and his two best races were at this distance. Leparoux returns for the third consecutive time to see if this guy has what it takes. There’s a 40% chance of rain the morning of the race and he earned his best BRIS speed figure (94) closing from way back in the KYJC.
2 Roiland Tom Amoss 20/1
Slow starter in each of his five races including the LeComte wearing blinkers for the first time. There isn’t a ton of speed in here so he won’t get much help upfront but it’s obvious that the longer they go the better off he’ll be. This doesn’t seem like it’ll be long enough.
3 Mr. Money Bret Calhoun 12/1
Makes his 2019 debut off a 4th place finish behind Game Winner in the BC Juvenile from which the third place finishers Signalman returned to win. But Knicks Go, the runner-up, returned in defeat in the Sam F. Davis as the M/L favorite. Sitting on bullet but will need to learn to rate to win this or longer distances of Triple Crown races. Off-track will help.
4 Chase the Ghost Dallas Stewart 30/1
Regular rider Lanerie jumps off after three consecutive trips in the saddle. Hood was removed three back and seemed to help as he was able to rate better than in his earlier sprints to start career. Broke maiden here two back before finishing 6th LTO in the LeComte. Some things to like but new rider will have a learning curve to overcome.
5 Henley’s Joy Mike Maker 10/1
Son of Kitten’s Joy will make his dirt debut after six turf tries (3 wins, 2 seconds). Gets new rider for low-percentage Maker. Kitten’s Joy runners have shown affinity for dirt and the forecast of rain (if significant amounts) could help his chances. But not sold without a race over the main track.
6 Hog Creek Hustle Vickie Foley 8/1
Second LTO in the LeComte while racing wide in the first and second turns and being 7 wide at the top of the stretch. Geroux sticks with him for second successive trip. Will need to be able to stalk and pounce but could surprise with an all-out assault for the lead on a sloppy track. UPSET
7 Manny Wah Wayne Catalano 12/1
Added blinkers two-back which didn’t do much to change his already front-running ways. Had to go in the LeComte from the 12 hole last time out managing to hang on for the show spot going shorter. Only attempt at this distance was a fading 7th in the G3 Iroquois last year. Pace presence will be made but distance is a concern.
8 Owendale Brad Cox 6/1
High percentage connections send out this two-time winner stepping into graded company for the first time. Started career at Ellis, eventually breaking maiden at Indiana Downs before moving to bigger and better things at Churchill where he faced a couple of others in here. Earned this field’s highest last race BRIS speed figure (96) stalking the AE horse Gun It. Didn’t get any love in the Kentucky Derby futures Pool 2 but expect him to take a big step forward in here.
9 Country House Bill Mott 20/1
This could be Mott’s year with this guy who was impressive breaking his maiden LTO at Gulfstream Park in his third trip to the track. In typical Mott fashion, he began his career on turf at Belmont going two-turns. Ended ’18 finishing second to Kentucky Wildcat (2nd in the Sam F. Davis but sustained an injury and is off the Derby Trail). He has to face graded winners for the first time but with improving numbers in each race and an obvious affinity for longer races, he’s definitely worth a long look at this price.
10 Limonite Steve Asmussen 10/1
Third last time out behind Signalman in the Kentucky Jockey Club, he’ll get a new rider for Asmussen as he makes his 2019 season debut. Interesting that regular rider Santana was named on the Asmussen AE entry Gun It and it appears that he will get in with the redirection of Kingly to the El Camino Real Derby for Baffert. Off-track could help chances and like the rider change.
11 Dunph Mike Maker 20/1
 Maiden voyage winner at Penn National with ease. And a next out winner vs. restricted company at Churchill. Has been bet down to single digits in each of his four starts but his last two, the KYJC when beaten by many in here, and the Springboard Mile at Remington were telling. Gets new rider in Jose Ortiz for Maker and expect him to attempt to be part of the pace but not part of the tote board finals. TOSS.
12 Frolic More Dallas Stewart 10/1
Second to Owendale  LTO and one of three exiting what appears to be shaping up as a key race as the top three finishers from that $50K OCN1X return to face graded stakes company in a very competitive race. He bobbled at the break and beat out the even money favorite Gun It for second. Will need to be able to rate while close and have enough left for the stretch. Chance.
13 Kingly Bob Baffert 12/1
Cross-entered by Baffert in the El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate after drawing the 13th post position so he’ll more than likely scratch from here. But the fact that Baffert was willing to send him here for a shot at the 50 points is telling about this field. Finished as the runner-up LTO in an $80K OCN1X at Santa Anita vs. Extra Hope (3rd in the Los Alamitos Futurity in prior race). Van Dyke will follow wherever he goes and this promising. Good luck in the Real Derby.
14 War of Will Mark Casse 5/2
 Started career on turf at Woodbine in a 7 furlong maiden sprint before facing graded stakes company in next three (G1 twice, including BC Juvenile Turf) before returning to the maiden ranks at Churchill to get his first win. That was two-back. Since then he shortened-up and took the LeComte here in his first start of the year. At 5/2, he’ll open as the favorite by several points over 6/1 Owendale in a race where several of the other LeComte runners return as pricier options. Has the win over the track but must break well and get early position going into the first turn — from the 14 post. Tough not to like but others seem like better plays.
15 Gun It Steve Asmussen 10/1
Started career at Churchill going two turns, was bet down, and finished 1 1/4 lengths behind Holy Bull winner Harvey Wallbanger Part of the Asmussen contingent at Fair Grounds, he took his next start – a two-turn maiden with ease as the favorite. He was third as the even money favorite in his last start, the heretofore mentioned race won by Owendale. With the scratch of Kingly, he should draw in and has the right style to break into contention and stalk the pace. BIG SHOT at the 50 and a spot on the leaderboard.

Free Risen Star Stakes Past Performances

Free past performances for the Risen Star Stakes provided by Brisnet

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