The first 50-point Kentucky Derby Prep Race runs Saturday at Fair Grounds in the Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes. You win, and you’re in the Kentucky Derby! A full field of 14 signs on, making this the largest prep of the year. The Grade 3 LeComte Stakes winner, War of Will, is back to try and make it three in a row since moving to the dirt. But will the outside post draw be too tough?
“It’s pretty well the same bunch that he’ll be up against,” War of Will trainer Mark Casse said. “Obviously the post is outside but we’d rather be out there than inside. He’s got enough speed so he’ll get over and if he’s as good as we think he is it shouldn’t matter.”
There are a total of SIX stakes on the 12-race card (four of them graded) with first post set at 12:30 PM CT.
This card is no joke as it’s LOADED with potential bombs and Derby implications. We are going ALL IN with this card! If you want some simple win picks, you can check out our free daily win picks for Fair Grounds here. Looking to make a BIG SCORE? You’ll want to keep reading below.
INSIDE TRACK TO THE 2019 RISEN STAR WAGERING GUIDE
This Inside Track to the Risen Star wagering guide gives you an inside look at all four graded stakes races running on the card February 16, 2019 at Fair Grounds. The card features both a Kentucky Derby and a Kentucky Oaks prep race, with the Grade 2 Risen Star and Grade 2 Rachel Alexandra, along with the Grade 3 Fair Grounds Handicap and the Grade 3 Mineshaft Handicap. For each of the graded stakes races on the card, you can find full race previews for each race, including overviews of each race, race shape and pace analysis, top selections, major threats, longshots to use, and more.
You will also find specific wagering under the “Picks and Plays” section, which includes:
- Win, Place or Show Bets
- Longshot to Play Across the Board
- Exacta, Trifecta, Superfecta Recommendations
- Horses to use in Multi-Race Wagers
- What to Play on a Small and Large Budgets
- Confidence ratings and more!
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