Talented Guest Suite Training Strong for Big Run in Risen Star

The road to the Kentucky Derby goes through New Orleans Saturday for the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes (G2) at the Fair Grounds. Some horses in this field are also one’s to watch for the Preakness Stakes.

The top-5 finishers from the LeComte Stakes are running in the 1 1/16 mile Risen Star, including the winner Guest Suite (6/1). This is a steadily improving colt by Quality Road that has won three times including his last two races. His only loss in the last four starts was to the Kentucky Derby favorite, McCraken. Trainer Neil Howard knows he has a good one, and Guest Suite could be the talk of the Derby trail following this weekend’s races.

Derby points: 50-20-10-5

Guest Suite has been working like a beast in the mornings over the Fair Grounds main track and is appears ready to fire a huge race down the lane at a nice price. The pace of this race fits right into Guest Suite’s running style as this field has many need to lead types in the starting gate. Guest Suite can rate with tactical speed and he’s shown in recent workouts that he has plenty of speed and is chomping at the bit to show his class again. Rider Robby Albarado should have this fine 3-year-old galloping easily without as much energy behind the leaders before unleashing his big run on the turn and down the stretch.

For wagering purposes this Derby prep is the fourth leg of an all-stakes pick four; which also includes the Mineshaft in race 8, the Rachel Alexandra (G2) as race 9, and the Fair Grounds (G3) on the turf as race 10. Take your chances with Guest Suite as a single entry in the Pick 4, and bet this horse to win and place with an exacta key box of #6 Guest Suite with 1, 2, 3, 8.



PP Horse Jockey Trainer Odds
1 Girvin Hernandez Jr. Sharp 6-1
2 Untrapped Santana Jr. Asmussen 10-1
3 Local Hero Geroux Asmussen 4-1
4 Arklow Bridgmohan Cox 15-1
5 Shareholder Value Murrill Amoss 15-1
6 Guest Suite Albarado Howard 6-1
7 U S Officer Valdivia Jr. Pish 20-1
8 Cool Arrow Saez Sharp 15-1
9 Mo Town Velazquez Dutrow 7-2
10 Takeoff Leparoux Casse 10-1
11 Sorry Erik Desormeaux Desormeaux 30-1
12 Horse Fly Mena Lukas 30-1
13 It’s Your Nickel Graham McPeek 30-1
14 So Conflated (SCRATCHED)


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