Fair Grounds Upcoming Graded Stakes Draw 38 Entries
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Lecomte winner Guest Suite is one of 14 3-year-olds entered in the Risen Star

With an early draw for the Feb. 25 Louisiana Derby Preview Day card, Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots saw 38 horses entered for four graded stakes, including the $400,000 Risen Star (G2).

The Risen Star had 14 horses entered, including Lecomte Stakes (G3) winner Guest Suite and last year's Remsen Stakes (G2) victor Mo Town, who would be making his 3-year-old debut.

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The graded stakes begin with the $125,000 Mineshaft Handicap (G3) for older horses going 1 1/16 miles. The field includes International Star, who swept the 2015 Lecomte, Risen Star, and Louisiana Derby (G2).

Among the seven 3-year-old fillies entered in the Rachel Alexandra Stakes (G2) is last year's 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) runner-up Valadorna, who will be making her second start of the season after prepping with a win last month in an allowance/optional claiming race at Fair Grounds.

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Trainer Mike Maker has entered four horses in the $125,000 Fair Grounds Handicap (G3T), including last year's Stars and Stripes Stakes (G3T) winner Greengrassofyoming.

BloodHorse will offer detailed previews of all of these graded stakes next week.

Mineshaft H. (G3)

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, Saturday, February 25, 2017, Race 8
  • 1 1/16m
  • Dirt
  • $125,000
  • 4 yo's & up
  • 3:39 PM (local)
11Rise Up (KY)Mitchell Murrill116Thomas M. Amoss10/1
22Eagle (KY)Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.118Neil J. Howard5/2
33December Seven (KY)James Graham114Paul J. McGee8/1
44Dalmore (FL)Kent J. Desormeaux118J. Keith Desormeaux6/1
55Mo Tom (KY)Florent Geroux116Thomas M. Amoss5/1
66Dazzling Gem (KY)Robby Albarado118Brad H. Cox5/1
77Honorable Duty (KY)Julien R. Leparoux118Brendan P. Walsh8/1
88International Star (NY)Miguel Mena118Michael J. Maker4/1

Rachel Alexandra S. (G2)

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, Saturday, February 25, 2017, Race 9
  • 1 1/16m
  • Dirt
  • $200,000
  • 3 yo Fillies
  • 4:06 PM (local)
11Untapped (KY)Florent Geroux116Steven M. Asmussen9/2
22Farrell (KY)Channing Hill122Wayne M. Catalano5/2
33Shane's Girlfriend (FL)Mario Gutierrez120Doug F. O'Neill3/1
44Majestic Quality (KY)Kent J. Desormeaux116J. Keith Desormeaux20/1
55Valadorna (KY)Julien R. Leparoux116Mark E. Casse2/1
66Wicked Lick (KY)Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.116Brendan P. Walsh10/1
77Gris Gris (KY)James Graham116Bernard S. Flint12/1

Fair Grounds H. (G3T)

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, Saturday, February 25, 2017, Race 10
  • About 1 1/8m
  • Turf
  • $125,000
  • 4 yo's & up
  • 4:33 PM (local)
11Bullards Alley (KY)Marcelino Pedroza116Tim Glyshaw12/1
22Greengrassofyoming (KY)Robby Albarado118Michael J. Maker4/1
33Blame Angel (KY)Ricardo Santana, Jr.115Bobby C. Barnett20/1
44One Mean Man (KY)Mario Gutierrez116Bernard S. Flint12/1
55Granny's Kitten (PA)Miguel Mena121Michael J. Maker3/1
66Enterprising (FL)Julien R. Leparoux118Michael J. Maker6/1
77Golden Soul (KY)John R. Velazquez115Dallas Stewart20/1
88Western Reserve (KY)Shaun Bridgmohan118Brad H. Cox7/2
99Oscar Nominated (KY)Florent Geroux120Michael J. Maker7/2

Risen Star S. (G2)

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, Saturday, February 25, 2017, Race 11
  • 1 1/16m
  • Dirt
  • $400,000
  • 3 yo
  • 5:00 PM (local)
11Girvin (KY)Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.116Joe Sharp6/1
22Untrapped (KY)Ricardo Santana, Jr.116Steven M. Asmussen10/1
33Local Hero (KY)Florent Geroux116Steven M. Asmussen4/1
44Arklow (KY)Shaun Bridgmohan116Brad H. Cox15/1
55Shareholder Value (KY)Mitchell Murrill116Thomas M. Amoss15/1
66Guest Suite (KY)Robby Albarado120Neil J. Howard6/1
77U S Officer (KY)Jose Valdivia, Jr.116Danny Pish20/1
88Cool Arrow (KY)Gabriel Saez120Joe Sharp15/1
99Mo Town (KY)John R. Velazquez122Anthony W. Dutrow7/2
1010Takeoff (KY)Julien R. Leparoux116Mark E. Casse10/1
1111Sorry Erik (KY)Kent J. Desormeaux116J. Keith Desormeaux30/1
1212Horse Fly (KY)Miguel Mena116D. Wayne Lukas30/1
1313It's Your Nickel (KY)James Graham116Kenneth G. McPeek30/1
1414So Conflated (FL)Mario Gutierrez120Doug F. O'Neill10/1


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