The Lecomte Stakes is Race 12 at The Fairgrounds on Saturday, January 19th. It is for three year-olds, run at a distance of one mile and seventy yards on the dirt. It is a Grade 3, with a purse of $200,000 dollars. The winning horse also earns ten qualifying points towards a spot in the starting gate at this years Kentucky Derby.
There are 14 entrants in what seems to be a wide open race. Each of the 14 is seeking their first Stakes Race victory. It should be a good betting race. As always the Daily Racing Blog is shopping for value, and we think we found some in this race. Our picks, in order:
#13. MANNY WAH (10-1): The veteran of the field with seven starts and five top-three finishes. He’s fast enough to compete and should be an appealing price.
JOCKEY: Channing Hill; TRAINER: Wayne Catalano
#8. WAR OF WILL (6-1): Placed 2nd in a Grade 1 on grass before a runaway five-length Win in first start on dirt. A serious racehorse.
JOCKEY: Tyler Gaffalione; TRAINER: Mark Casse
#11. TIGHT TEN (8-1): Ran into a ton of trouble in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile dud, but the form from his runner-up finish in the Grade 3 Iroquois Stakes would make him top threat.
JOCKEY: Ricardo Santana Jr; TRAINER: Steve Asmussen
#14. ADMIRE (20-1): Not sure who he beat in off-the-turf win in last start, but respect trainer Dale Romans with 3-year-olds. Brutal post position does not help.
JOCKEY: Robby Albarado; TRAINER: Dale Romans
#6. HOG CREEK HUSTLE (12-1): His first try around two turns was a disaster. Has run well since in sprints and is training well. Adds a top rider in Florent Geroux.
JOCKEY: Florent Geroux; TRAINER: Vickie Foley.
#12. PLUS QUE PARFAIT (9-2): Came from way back for second in Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club after pressing pace in victory in previous start. Plenty of stamina and improving, but it’s tough for DRB to take a tepid favorite in wide-open race.
JOCKEY: Julian Leparoux; TRAINER: Brendan Walsh.
So this is how DRB will play this race: We will do a three horse Exacta Box with our top 3 choices- 13-8-11. We’ll also bet a Trifecta Key using the 13 on top with the 8-11-14-6-12 underneath. And we will make Flat Win wagers on the 13-8-11.
This is a race that has potential for some great payouts. Best of luck and Value to you, regardless of how you play it.