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The Bayou Road to the Kentucky Derby continues Saturday with the running of the $400,000 Risen Star (G2) from the New Orleans Fair Grounds. The Risen Star is the final and featured event on a marathon 14-race program that culminates with five stakes races, including an All Stakes Pick 4 and Pick 5.

The 14th and featured Risen Star is a showcase for three-year-olds with aspirations to make the starting gate at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May. The field of 12 is represented by some of the top barns in the nation, including Todd Pletcher with two entrants in Cardinale and Moonlight, and Steve Asmussen with the duo of Hall of Fame and recent Lecomte (G3) winner, Track Phantom, who seeks to repeat his performance over this oval four weeks ago. Track Phantom has been installed as the tepid 7/2 morning-line favorite in a contentious field of 12.

Leading the top contenders is the Chad Brown trainee, who exists a second place finish in the Remsen Stakes (G2) at Aqueduct in December. Smarty Jones Stakes winner, Catching Freedom (5/1), is next in line in the pecking order, hailing from the powerful Kentucky stable of Brad Cox. Graded stakes winner, Honor Marie (6/1), makes his 2024 debut for the up-and-coming barn of trainer Whitworth Beckman.

Slated at the nightcap of 14 races, the Risen Star goes to post at approximately 4:17 Pacific Time. The five stakes on the program are carded as the last five races, and include the $100,000 Albert M. Stall Memorial, $250,000 Mineshaft Stakes (G3), $175,000 Fair Grounds Stakes (G3-Turf), and $300,000 Rachel Alexandra (G2), the filly equivalent of the Risen Star that follows.

The final five races comprise an All Stakes Pick 5 with a player-friendly 15% takeout, across races 10-14, starting at approximately 2:21 pm. First post from Fair Grounds is 10:00 am Pacific Time.

Pleasanton OTB is open Monday with racing from both Golden Gate Fields and Santa Anita. The doors open at 9:45am and simulcasting continues through approximately 5pm. Due to being open for racing on Monday, February 19, Pleasanton OTB will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday next week, February 20 and 21. We hope to see you at the OTB this holiday weekend!

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