Highly Regarded Airoforce Makes Sophomore Debut in $400,000 Risen Star Stakes

Highly Regarded Airoforce Makes Sophomore Debut in $400,000 Risen Star Stakes

Category : News - Thu 18/02/2016 - 15:40 EST

On Saturday at Fair Grounds, the featured race is the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes. The Grade 2 event offers points towards a spot in the starting gate of the Kentucky Derby (G1) and will be contested at a mile and a sixteenth.

Airoforce tops the field of thirteen colts and geldings as the morning line favorite at odds of 5-2 for trainer Mark Casse. A gray son of Colonel John, he began his career on the turf and finished second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) before switching to conventional dirt. He won the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2) to earn his second graded stakes victory in November and has been training forwardly since then. Julian Leparoux will be aboard and they will break from post position ten.

Mo Tom trying to turn tables on Airoforce

Second choice at morning line odds of 3-1 is Mo Tom for trainer Tom Amoss. A bay colt from the first crop of champion Uncle Mo, he has been on the board in all five starts and has three victories. After finishing second to Airoforce in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2), he made his sophomore debut a winning one in the LeComte Stakes (G3) at Fair Grounds. Corey Lanerie will be in the irons and they will break from post two.

Dolphus looking for breakthrough stakes win

Also in the field at morning line odds of 15-1 is longshot Dolphus for trainer Joe Sharp. A chestnut son of Lookin at Lucky, he is a half-brother to Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra and has two wins from three starts. He will be stepping up to graded stakes competition and was last seen winning an optional claiming race at his home base, Fair Grounds. Brian Hernandez, Jr. will be aboard and they will break from post position three.  

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