At the Fair Grounds tomorrow, one of the greatest horses ever to run in Louisiana is annually honored with the Grade 3 $300,000 Risen Star Stakes. This edition has drawn a full field of 14 and the favorite should be Circular Quay. However, we will take a price pick just to the inside of the post position draw with Izzie's Halo. This horse is a nice 8-1 shot and has a bullet workout on January 31st. Also, he was runner-up to Hard Spun in the Lecomte Stakes at Fair Grounds. We will put the favorite, Circular Quay, in the second spot with John Velazquez up after his disappointing 2nd in the BC Juvenile at Churchill Downs. The Steve Asmussen-trained Zanjero will be our show spotter. He is very well-bred and ran 2nd behind early Derby favorite, Nobiz Like Shobiz, in the Grade 2 Remsen at Aqueduct. For the fourth spot, the California invader Notional is worth a look after a strong win in the San Rafael at Santa Anita on January 13. Here's wishing the best of luck to you all.
Risen Star Stakes Selections- Izzie's Halo, Circular Quay, Zanjero, Notional