50-point preps begin this Saturday in the Big Easy, and Picks and Ponderings is there.
Things get serious for the Derby-bound types in the Risen Star (GII), which drew a thirteen-horse field. LeComte top three Mo Tom, Tom’s Ready, and Uncle Walter take on a full group of others trying to make their names on the New Orleans leg of the Derby trail, be it from local allowances or races elsewhere. On the fillies’ side, Stageplay and Midnight On Oconee — the top two from the Silverbulletday — face seven other fillies trying to take their places as the queen and the princess of the Fair Grounds. That will happen in the Rachel Alexandra (GII), the first of the graded Oaks preps at the track.
Paul Mazur and I split the races: he takes on the Risen Star, and I tackle the Rachel Alexandra. Head over to Picks and Ponderings, see who we like in Fair Grounds’s pair of three-year-old preps, and let us know your thoughts in the comments!