02/20/2014 3:54PM

Weekend Warrior for Feb. 22: Picks for Risen Star, Fountain of Youth, Canadian Turf


The Triple Crown prep season takes an intense turn Saturday with big fields contesting the Grade 2, $400,000 Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds, and the Grade 2, $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park. The Risen Star and Fountain of Youth are the local springboards to the Louisiana Derby and Florida Derby, respectively. There are also three graded stakes on the Fair Grounds undercard, and two other graded stakes at Gulfstream. In addition, Gulfstream has two allowance races of special interest, one a loaded route for 3-year-olds, and the other marking the return of Normandy Invasion.