Risen Star Stakes Race 1 Handicapping Picks
Horse racing gamblers are you looking for 2020 Risen Star Stakes Race 1 Free Pick & Handicapping Odds…plus some predictions? Need some advice on who to take? The 2020 Risen Star Stakes is set for Saturday at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans, Louisiana. Here’s a preview of our top contenders.
Risen Star Stakes Race 1 Preview and Prediction
- Race: Risen Star Stakes
- Purse: $400,000
- Track: Fair Grounds Race Course
- Date: February 15
- Post Time: 6:38 p.m. (ET)
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2020 Risen Star Stakes Race 1 Handicapping
The first race in the 2020 Kentucky Derby qualifying series to award 50 points to the winner, the Risen Star drew 23 total entries. With the Fair Grounds track only able to accommodate a maximum of 12 horses in a race, the decision was made to split the field into two races. Race 1 will have 11 runners going 1 1/8 miles on the dirt.
Total Derby points to the top four finishers will be awarded on a 50-20-10-5 scale. Given that 35 to 40 points is usually enough to make the Derby, the Risen Star Stakes winner will be all-but-guaranteed a spot in the field.
Odds listed here are morning line odds from Bovada’s racebook.
2020 Risen Star Stakes Race 1 Free Pick & Handicapping: Enforceable Race Odds: 3-1
The winner of the (G3) Lecomte Stakes at Fair Grounds one month ago, Enforceable already has 13 Derby qualifying points and so even a runner-up finish here might be enough to get into the big race. After taking four starts to get his maiden win, he then ran third in the (G2) Claiborne Breeders Futurity and then fourth in the (G2) Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes before rallying from way back to win the Lecomte. Distance is his friend, and he gets a bit more to work with here.
Mark Casse is the trainer, Julien Leparoux gets the ride.
2020 Risen Star Stakes Race 1 Free Pick & Handicapping: Blackberry Wine Odds: 3-1
Another one that took four starts to get his first win, Blackberry Wine has improved his speed rating with every one of his six lifetime starts. Last out he scored a win on the Fair Grounds dirt going 1 1/16 miles in a race where he was bumped at the break, surged to the lead, was headed in the stretch and then fought back to win by a length. This will be his first start at the stakes level.
The trainer is Joe Sharp, Fair Grounds regular Adam Beschizza gets the call to ride.
2020 Risen Star Stakes Race 1 Free Pick & Handicapping: Silver State Race Odds: 9-2
Lightly raced Silver State will only be making his fourth career start in the Risen Star and so has room for improvement off his runner-up finish in the Lecomte. Prior to that he ran second in a allowance-level event at Churchill Downs, and prior to that he scored his maiden win in his career debut in a race that actually finished in a dead heat. He’s had trouble at the start of every one of his races, so if he can manage a clean break on Saturday he could be a real factor at the end.
Trained by Steve Asmussen, Ricardo Santana Jr. is the rider.
2020 Risen Star Stakes Race 1 Free Pick & Handicapping: Scabbard Race Odds: 9-1
Although he only has a first-out maiden win in five lifetime starts, Scabbard has been running in tough company since then, with all four of his last races at the graded-stakes level, including a fourth-place finish in the (G1) Breeders’ Cup Juvenile this past November. He was the post-time favourite in the Lecomte and was just starting to make his move coming into the stretch when he ran into traffic trouble and lost momentum, ultimately finishing fifth. Here he’ll have to overcome the tough outside post.
Eddie Kenneally trains, while Joel Rosario will be in the irons.
Here’s my 2020 Risen Star Stakes Free Pick.
This is a tough handicapping race, where a case could be made for several of these for the win. Despite the fact he lacks big-race experience, I really like Blackberry Wine’s last effort, and will play him for the win and hope for a repeat effort. With a good start from the #2 post I think Silver State can be a factor, and I’ll box those two in the exacta.
Full Field: 2020 Risen Star Stakes Race 1 Odds
- Enforceable 3-1
- Blackberry Wine 3-1
- Silver State 9-2
- Digital 15-2
- Mr. Monomoy 8-1
- Farmington Road 9-1
- Scabbard 9-1
- Shashashakemeup 16-1
- Moon Over Miami 20-1
- Ready To Roll 40-1
- Perfect Revenge 66-1
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