Beau Recall is the Pick 4 single at Fair Grounds on Risen Star Day

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February 14th, 2019

Fair Grounds plays host to a superb 12-race card on Saturday, offering six stakes races led by the $400,000 Risen Star S. (G2). A trio of Pick 4 wagers is offered on the day and I am focusing on the middle one that could come back with a very healthy return. RACE 4: Albert M. Stall Memorial Stakes In general I am not a huge advocate of singling to commence a multi-race wager, especially with a favorite. However, sometimes the sequence dictates my actions and I must do so. Beau Recall (#8) (2-1) was ultra-impressive in her first start for new trainer Brad Cox most recently. The Grade 2 vixen went last-to-first over a solid field and could improve in her second for these connections. The late runner will get an ample early tempo to rally into beneath Shaun Bridgmohan. RACE 5: Maiden Special Weight This six-furlong dash on the main oval for sophomore fillies attracts an overflow field of 14. I will go three-deep with confidence in the second leg. Weabie (#5) (7-2) chased lone speed before tiring in late stretch as the 2-1 favorite in her January 19 debut. The $300,000 yearling purchase shows a pair of solid morning drills in the interim and retains jockey Florent Geroux. Sister Nova (#8) (6-1) finished runner-up in each of her three tries as a juvenile at Woodbine. The Violence filly gets a barn change to Steve Asmussen for her dirt debut and she shows seven local works in advance of this one. I will also use Istan Again (#12) (12-1), as the first timer from the dangerous Larry Jones barn could show big early speed beneath Sophie Doyle. RACE 6: Maiden Special Weight A huge field with a pair of also-eligible entries will vie in this turf test. I don’t see a way to find a single in the contest and will spread out expecting for a price. Twelfth Labour (#10) (5-1) is my top play from the Dallas Stewart shedrow. The Quality Road colt has faltered while well-backed in two straight on the dirt at Fair Grounds, and he moves forward here with the surface change. I also have interest in Whata Perfect Day (#2) (8-1), Dynamic Force (#3) (10-1), Gentle Warrior (#5) (12-1), Please Sit Down (#7) (7-2) and Mr. Mike (#12) (12-1), the latter of whom has three turf-winning siblings and makes his grassy debut in this spot. RACE 7: Maiden Special Weight A full field of sophomores will go 1 1/16 miles in this maiden special weight test. It is a demanding closing leg with many of the top contenders drawing wide in the two-turn event. Awesome Wok N Roll (#2) (5-1) makes his dirt debut and must be included for trainer Mark Casse. The Awesome Again colt is my narrow top selection. Cogan (#4) (12-1), Free Speech (#9) (5-1), Golden Tiger (#10) (8-1), Tapit Wise (#11) (9-2) and By My Standards (#12) (7-2) are also on the ticket. Suggested .50-cent Pick-4 8 with 5,8,12 with 2,3,5,7,10,12 with 2,4,9,10,11,12 = $54 Good Luck! PHOTO: Beau Recall (left) with Shaun Bridgmohan aboard passes Vagabond Princess (middle) and Dubara (right) to win the 11th running of the Blushing KD Stakes at Fair Grounds on December 22, 2018 (c) Hodges Photography/Amanda Hodges Weir