The road to Kentucky Derby 2012 heats up in New Orleans on Saturday with the Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes and El Padrino looms large for trainer Todd Pletcher.
#7 EL PADRINO (2-1) is the deserving favorite following
a visually impressive and fast Optional Claiming route tally at
Gulfstream Jan 29. He owns fine positional speed and should win this
with anything resembling his last. Is he better on wet ground?