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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 hj@hbpa.org. 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 – Chicagonow.com

Rising Stars Come Together in Risen Star – Foxsports.com

Trainer Shrugs Off Near-Tragedy to Resume Winning Ways – USAtoday.com

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 – ESPN.com

Stakes Advance – Risen Star – Fairgroundsracecourse.com

$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 – Foxsports.com

Full Field Derby Dreaming in Southwest Stakes – ESPN.com

Southwest Stakes Preview by Nicolle Neulist – Chicagonow.com

Oaklawn Park News and Notes – Oaklawn.com

Southwest Stakes Preview – DRF.com

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

That Handicapping Show – Fountain of Youth Preview – Bloodhorse.com

Fountain of Youth Preview by Paul Mazur – Chicagonow.com

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

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 – Gulfstreampark.com

Helpful Links:

Complete Kentucky Derby Prep Schedule with Point Values – KentuckyDerby.com

Road to the Kentucky Derby Points Leaderboard – KentuckyDerby.com

Kentucky Derby Future Wager Info – KentuckyDerby.com

Kentucky Derby Power Rankings from Leading Handicappers – KentuckyDerby.com

Profiles of Leading Kentucky Derby Contenders – KentuckyDerby.com

Daily Racing Form's Derby Top 20 – DRF.com

Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen – BloodHorse.com

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