The final major local prep for the Louisiana Derby was contested at Fair Grounds on Saturday and Kentucky Derby 2012 hopeful El Padrino nipped Mark Valeski a thrilling renewal of the G2 Risen Star Stakes.
G2 Risen Star Stakes (2-25-12): El Padrino (99 BSF)
It was not easy by any means but overwhelming favorite El Padrino notched his first stakes win and garnered a much needed $180,000 in Derby graded earnings on Feb 25.
The Pletcher trainee settled into a nice stalking rhythm on the
outside under Castellano with Rosie Napravnik and Mark Valeski intently
tracking longshot Hero of Order.