LeComte Opens Bayou Road to The Derby

16 Jan

A 13-race megacard topped off by the running of the Grade III, $200,000 LeComte Stakes for three-year-olds seeking to test the Kentucky Derby waters is on tap Saturday at the New Orleans Fair Grounds. The first of three local Kentucky Derby preps, culminating with the Louisiana Derby on April 4, has attracted a jam-packed field of 14 to contest its 1 1 1/16 miles trip around the main track.

Tepid favoritism lies with the multiple graded stakes placed Scabbard (7/2), who makes his season debut after a 4th place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Contention runs deep, however, with locally trained Lynn’s Map (6/1) and Mr. Monomy (9/2) exiting a 1-2 finish over this track on Dec. 21, and impressive maiden winner Sycamore Run (6/1), who will get tested for stamina after a runaway debut victory at six furlongs in the slop.

An invading contingent from Churchill Downs also figures to make its presence felt in Saturday’s feature, as Silver State (5/1) seeks to make amends for dropping his one-mile debut by a head last out. Fellow Kentucky-based shippers, Enforceable (15/1) and New Eagle (20/1) exit 2nd and 5th place finishes in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes, respectively.

The 13th and featured LeComte goes to post at approximately 3:55pm Pacific Time, but there’s plenty of racing leading up to it, including four stakes races, which make up the Black Gold (Jackpot) Pick 5 and a $100,000 All Stakes Pick 4. The Black Gold 5 Jackpot stands at $208,660 heading into Friday’s program.

Here’s the stakes lineup for Saturday’s LeComte card at Fair Grounds:

9 – $100,000 Marie Krantz Memorial (1 1/16M Turf) – Black Gold 5
10 – $100,000 Louisiana Stakes (1 1/16M) – All Stakes Pick 4
11 – $125,000 Colonel E. R. Bradley Stakes (1 1/16M Turf)
12 – $150,000 Silverbulletday Stakes (1M, 70Y)
13 – $200,000 Lecomte Stakes (G3, 1 1/16M)

Pleasanton OTB will take races 2-13 on Saturday’s program starting at 10:29am. OTB doors open at 9:45am.

 

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