Todd Pletcher's El Padrino (Worth Watching) may headline the Grade II Risen Star Stakes on Feb. 25, but early signs say he's not scaring off the competition.
Also probable to compete in the Risen Star are:
--the Grade III Lecomte Stakes winner Mr. Bowling (Looking Good), owned and bred by Brereton Jones and trained by Larry Jones;
--the Lecomte runner-up Z Dager (Worth Watching), owned by Zayat Stables and conditioned by 10-time Fair Grounds trainer champion Steve Asmussen;
--Lecomte third-place runner Shared Property (Worth Watching), owned by Jerry Namy and trained by native New Orleanian Tom Amoss, who has earned nine-training titles at the Crescent City oval.
--the Brereton Jones owned and bred -- and Larry Jones trained -- Mark Valeski (Just In Case), who won an allowance outing on Jan. 13 at Fair Grounds;
--Bluegrass Hall’s Optimizer (Just In Case), who broke his maiden last August at Saratoga, finished third in Keeneland’s Grade I Breeders Futurity Oct. 8 and was then fourth in Churchill’s Grade II Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes Nov. 26; trained by D. Wayne Lukas.
--Edited Fair Grounds release