The Risen Star (Grade II)

2/25/2017 Fairgrounds Race Course-Race 11

The Risen Star-$400,000—Grade II

1 & 1/16th Miles on Dirt for Three-Year-Olds

Post Time: 3:00 P.M. PST

Analysis by Michael Patricks

Each passing February day serves as a reminder that the Triple Crown season is drawing near.   The Grade II Risen Star Stakes will take place on Saturday from Fairgrounds Race Course in New Orleans, Louisiana and awards 50 Derby points to the winner.  The much-hyped Mo Town is the 7/2 morning line favorite in his three-year-old unveiling, his last performance a commanding victory of the Remsen at Aqueduct.  Just one-half point behind him on the morning line is the Steve Asmussen-trainee Local Hero, a half million dollar purchase at this time last year.  Local Hero was a devastating victor over straight maidens in his last start over this surface on January 26th.  Will the marquee names carry the day?  Or, is there perhaps an actor lurking backstage who can emerge into the limelight and steal the show?  To the analysis:

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