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Friday, February 20, 2015

National HBPA's Quest for the Crown, Sponsored by Finish Line Horse Products Inc.: Risen Star, Southwest, Fountain of Youth

Welcome to the first edition of the National HBPA's Quest for the Crown, sponsored by Finish Line Horse Products Inc. Each edition features a look at the major prep races on the road to the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.

Below you will find a variety of links to previews, analysis, video and more for this weekend’s major prep races.

After the links, you will also find useful information about the Kentucky Derby prep race schedule, points standings and leading contenders.

If you have a link to suggest, please email You may also post your comments or selections to this blog by clicking the comment link at the bottom of this posting.

$400,000 Risen Star Stakes (G3) * Fair Grounds * 2/21 * Approx. Post – 5:24 pm CT

Risen Star Preview by Paul Mazur –

Rising Stars Come Together in Risen Star –

Trainer Shrugs Off Near-Tragedy to Resume Winning Ways –

Risen Star Full Field Analysis – Horse Racing Nation

Classy Colts Contend for Derby Points in Risen Star – Lady and the Track

Risen Star Draws Field of 10 –

Stakes Advance – Risen Star –

$300,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) * Oaklawn Park * 2/22 * Approx. Post – 4:42 pm CT

Eleven Entered in Redrawn Southwest Stakes – Horse Racing Nation

Southwest Stakes Postponed Because of Weather –

Full Field Derby Dreaming in Southwest Stakes –

Southwest Stakes Preview by Nicolle Neulist –

Oaklawn Park News and Notes –

Southwest Stakes Preview –

$400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) * Gulfstream Park * 2/21 * Approx. Post 5:30 pm ET

That Handicapping Show – Fountain of Youth Preview –

Fountain of Youth Preview by Paul Mazur –

Frosted Looks to Turn Tables on Upstart in Fountain of Youth –

Upstart on Upswing Going into Fountain of Youth – Lady and the Track

Itsaknockout Takes Swing at Derby Prep in Fountain of Youth – Louisville Courier-Journal

Gulfstream Park News and Notes –

Helpful Links:

Complete Kentucky Derby Prep Schedule with Point Values –

Road to the Kentucky Derby Points Leaderboard –

Kentucky Derby Future Wager Info –

Kentucky Derby Power Rankings from Leading Handicappers –

Profiles of Leading Kentucky Derby Contenders –

Daily Racing Form's Derby Top 20 –

Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen –

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