It seems the Lecomte Stakes will once again play its part in delivering the top choices for the Triple Crown Kickoff Day’s prep race, the Louisiana Derby with great conviction and precision. The field is decided and the horses are currently involved in workout sessions at the Fair Grounds racetrack for the Lecomte Stakes scheduled for this Saturday, the 21st, for it 42nd run at 8.2 furlongs for a purse prize of $175,000, a recent upgrade from the $100,000.
Lecomte Stakes is named for Lecomte, a brilliant Boston thoroughbred through dam, Reel who also produced the great Lexington. The race was last year won by Wilkinson who later delivered a fairly good performance on the racing front post his Lecomte victory.
Nominations for this year?
Finally Exfactor’s contention for the stakes has been confirmed as he gets listed as one of the favourites for the race day. Exfactor is Kentucky bred, from Exchange Rate, winner of Tom Fool Handicap 2001 through Bright Magic by Prized. Exfactor’s two year old season was adorned with a few major wins at the grade 3 Bashford Manor Stakes and the Sugar Bowl Stakes.
Conditioned by Larry Jones, Mr.Bowling will be seen launching his three year old season with a whim to contest through Lecomte, the most significant introductory race from Fair Grounds to the Derbys. His prominent run in the Dover Stakes; winning at 7 ¼ lengths lead followed by a third place finish at the Churchill Downs for Iroquois Stakes establishes a solid platform for the three year old’s maiden sophomore run.
Other than hailing from the Let’s Go Stable, El Padrino’s most attractive feature happens to be his conditioner, Todd Pletcher. While trainers like Pletcher or Mott or Baffert are rarely ignored, El Padrino justifies the stand with his third place finish at the Grade 2 Remsen Stakes, last year November, running fast quarters stalking the race leads closely with little lag.
Ted’s Folly, by Wild Tale is a Harmony Stable LLC colt, conditioned by Wilson Brown and is backed by a solid two year old season; highlights include, a throughout winners circle in Remington Springboard Mile Stakes, Oklahoma Stallion Stakes, and Oklahoma Classic Juvenile Stakes, winning each of them with an early fast pace leading most of the distance up to the wire.
Shared Property has been last raced in the Dixiana Breeder’s Futurity finishing a disappointing sixth. Trainer Thomas Amoss however believes the horse should step up the performance to evolve into one of the early bird entries for the Derby races. Seven Lively Sins, just short of the winning the Iroquois Stakes ahead of Mr. Bowling will also make his maiden run in the three year old season, trained by Albert M. Stall.
Gowhereyougaze derives a share of his pedigree from the great sire A.P.Indy, and would be starring in the Lecomte against Tetradrachm who has recently won a claiming race at Fair Grounds (an added advantage to the horse), running the mile and sixteenths winning it by a head. Laurie’s Rocket’s contention for Lecomte is backed by second place finish to competitor Exfactor at Sugar Bowl, a satisfactory fourth at the Three Chimneys Hopeful Stakes and the Champagne Stakes’ eight. Despite a not so bright racing season as a two year old, Laurie’s Rocket may act a great advantage contributing to his skill on long distance dirt.
Hammers Terror and Z Dager are lightly raced and will be starting at the Fair Grounds for their first race this season.
While the predictions are shallow despite their lightly raced two year old seasons for some and a good exposure in others, Lecomte will help decide the best from the lot pushing them forward for the Louisiana Derby that marks the prelude to the Triple Crown. The Lecomte Stakes will soon be followed by California Oaks and the Silverbulletday Stakes, again for three year olds.
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