GIII Lecomte Stakes fires up the 2018 Derby Trail season at The Fairgrounds this Saturday – Entries – Free PP’s – M/L Odds – Post Positions

2018 GIII Lecomte Stakes starts the 3yo season at Fairgrounds this Saturday!

RACE 9 LeComte S. (Grade III) POST TIME – 5:03 PM (Local)

Purse $200,000. For Three Year Olds. One Mile And Seventy Yards.
A 10-4-2-1 Kentucky Derby Points race!

Links to all the other Great Stakes this Saturday at The Fairgrounds

Duncan F. Kenner StakesMarie G. Krantz Memorial Stakes, Silverbulletday Stakes, Colonel E. R. Bradley Hcp., Louisiana Stakes.

Saturday’s Free PP’s for the Fairgrounds
S/C# PP Horse A/S Med Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 Lone Sailor (KY) 3/C L M Mena 116 T M Amoss 15/1
2 Snapper Sinclair (KY) 3/C L A Beschizza 122 S M Asmussen 20/1
3 Wonder Gadot (ON) 3/F L J R Velazquez 117 M E Casse 6/1
4 Analyze This Jet (KY) 3/C L S Risenhoover 122 T Eoff 30/1
5 Kowboy Karma (KY) 3/G L B J Hernandez, Jr. 120 J L Jones 6/1
6 Believe in Royalty (KY) 3/C L R Albarado 118 J L Jones 15/1
7 Night Strike (OK) 3/C L C H Borel 122 W B Calhoun 30/1
8 Zing Zang (KY) 3/C L S Bridgmohan 116 S M Asmussen 15/1
9 Zeke (KY) 3/G L J Bravo 118 M Stidham 15/1
10 Instilled Regard (KY) 3/C L J Castellano 116 J Hollendorfer 4/1
11 Ciaran (KY) 3/G L M Garcia 116 T Morley 30/1
12 Principe Guilherme (KY) 3/C L F Geroux 120 S M Asmussen 5/2
13 Prince Lucky (PA) 3/C L J R Leparoux 122 J L Jones 8/1
14 Ebben (KY) 3/G L C J Lanerie 122 S Margolis 20/1
Also Eligibles:
15 Trigger Warning (KY) 3/C   S Doyle 116 J Lejzerowicz 20/1

International Star comes off rail to take GIII Lecomte Stakes – Results and Replay

International Star – putting the finishing touches on his GIII Lecomte Stakes win at the Fairgrounds today!

International Star, had to come off his stretch rail position where he had gotten stuck in traffic forcing him to switch to an outside track to find the running room he needed for a late bid to win today’s $200,000, GIII Lecomte Stakes, for 3yo’s at 1 mile and 70 yds over a “good” Fairgrounds main track, winning by a clear-cut 2 1/2 lengths! 

International Star, takes home 10 more Derby Points off this win  to add to his 11 total derby points he already had from previous outings to tie him atop the Current 2015 Derby Points Standings with El Kabeir at 21 points each!

Winning Time: 1:43.62

no. Horse Jockey Win Place Show
International Star Miguel Mena 20.40 8.80 5.20
War Story James Graham 7.20 4.60
Tiznow R J Robby Albarado 4.20
Also ran were:
10 – Another Lemon Drop , 6 – Savoy Stomp , 5 – Hero of Humor , 11 – Eagle , 9 – Dekabrist , 7 – Runhappy , 8 – Killingit , 3 – Four Leaf Chief

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Vicar’s in Trouble finds no trouble in GIII LeComte Stakes win – Results and Replay

Vicar’s In Trouble – with the Big Red and White Ramsey’s R here drove home to an almost 7 length win in today’s GIII LeComte Stakes at the Fair Grounds!

Vicar’s in Trouble, by Into Mischief, looked for all the world like Oxbow here last year as he stormed off to an impressive looking 7 length win in today’s $200,000, GIII LeComte Stakes, for 3yo’s, at 1 mile and 70 yds over a “fast” Fair Grounds main track

Albano , was back those near 7 lengths for 2nd, 3rd went to race favorite Gold Hawk,  back another 1/2 length with early pacesetter Roman Unbridled, holding on for the super spot back another full length more!

Full Results and Replay

Payouts and Winning Time

Age Restriction: Three Year Old
  Purse: $200,000
  Distance: One Mile And Seventy Yards On The Dirt
  Track Condition: Fast
  Winning Time:  1:42.57
Pgm# Horse Jockey Win Place Show
7. Vicar’s in Trouble Rosie Napravnik 5.40 4.00 2.80
6. Albano Kerwin D. Clark   8.00 3.80
4. Gold Hawk Shaun Bridgmohan     2.20
Also ran were: 1.  – Roman Unbridled ,  3. – Got Shades ,  9.  – Plug Catcher ,  8.  – Silent Ruler ,  2.  – Rainbow Trip ,  5.  – Smarty’s Echo

“9” 3yo’s go to the gates in 2014 GIII LeComte Stakes – Post Positions, Picks, M/L Odds, Free Past Performances

The Fair Grounds ready's for the 2013 GII Risen Star Stakes this Saturday!
The Fair Grounds ready’s for the 2014 GIII Lecomte Stakes this Saturday!

The Fair Grounds holds its first exciting day of big-time racing this Saturday here in 2014, topped off by the first leg of the 2014 Fair Grounds Derby Trail trials in the $200,000, GIII LeComte Stakes, for 3yos, at 1 mile and 70 yds over the Fair Grounds main track.

Free Past Performances,

The GIII LeComte Stakes, also starts our in depth coverage of the 2014 Derby Trail as this race has spun off some recent top named winners like – Hard Spun, Friesan Fire, Ron the Greek, Wilkinson and last year’s Preakness winner Oxbow who ran away with this race by 9 lengths here last season. So as you can see this is indeed an important first stop on the derby trail each season!

Roman Unbridled , by Roman Ruler, seems to have the hottest hand coming into this Saturday’s first Fair Grounds 3yo test of the season with a solid 7f’s win in the Big Drama Stakes over at Delta Downs last out, going wire to wire in an 8 plus lengths win!

He also has this distance under his belt too as he was 4th in the 1 1/16 mile, GIII Delta Down Jackpot Stakes 2 back.

We love the pedigree here and the fact that he is distance tested already in stakes and graded stakes company too! He is an exotics first thought for us here !

Got Shades , by Pollard’s Vision, has a pair of Louisiana Downs 2yo stakes wins on his resume already, then was a good 3rd, 2 back in the Zuma Beach Stakes out at Santa Anita. He’s last out 5th in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf clash where he did make up some good ground at the end after being shuffled around and steadied in that 2yo sod test!

A decent Pedigree, solid top company racing experience and distance tested too, so any good price brings him into our exotics thinking, as well!

Gold Hawk , by Empire Maker, is 2 for 2 in his brief career but did win a mile and 70 $50k OC1x test here last out winning by 3 1/4 lengths in a nice 1:43.4 with a solid closing move to boot!

The blood is top-rate here, with the track experience and at the distance here on Saturday along with what looks to be some solid closing form, he also goes into our exotics thinking!

Albano , by Istan, won the 6f, Sugar Bowl Stakes here last out by 1 1/4 length run in a mildly good 1:11.2. He is 2 for 3 lifetime with both wins over this surface. Went to the lead early in both of his wins here so look for him to be up front early here this Saturday as he stretches to 2-turns for the first time! Stakes winners always deserve a long look!

Smarty’s Echo , by Smarty Jones, is 3 for 4 lifetime in board hits with the obligatory Mdn win as he was 2nd in the GI Breeders’ Futurity over the poly up at Keeneland 2 back last fall. He then finished a way out of it 10th in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile tilt at Santa Anita last out.

He has had some recent good workouts over this course in prepping for this race and along with his pedigree and double GI experiences might be a good supplement to a super play!

Vicar’s in Trouble , by Into Mischief, broke his maiden here in a Dec 14th, 6f, $40k Mdn going all the way on the front end to a 13 lengths win covering the 6f’s in a snappy 1:10.3 where he was eased up a bite late. He should be on the early pace here and “if” he can handle the 2-turns here he could be trouble indeed in the stretch!

Silent Ruler and Plug Catcher , are both by Roman Ruler, but our only Mdn winners with less than impressive numbers in their wins. You might catch some lightning in a bottle here as the Fair Grounds in recent year’s has coughed up some huge 99/1 shot winners in these big 3yo G/S races of late!

Rainbow Trip , by Sightseeing, comes in off 3 straight turf outings at Retama, where he first broke his Mdn, came 3rd in a local $75k Stakes by just a neck, then winning a 1 mile alw dust-up last out there back on Dec. 28th. A Turf to Dirt switch here everyone but his winning turf times aren’t in the same league as some in here! It would be a true upset to see this one in the Winner’s Circle but you’d deserve the probable whooping big price on this one should he cross the line first!

Post Time – 4:23 pm. Cst

PP. Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L Odds
1. Roman Unbridled K J Smith 122 C   Cook 8/1
2. Rainbow Trip C   Landeros 116 D   Pish 12/1
3. Got Shades R   Albarado 122 D   Pish 8/1
4. Gold Hawk S   Bridgmohan 118 S M Asmussen 3/1
5. Smarty’s Echo J   Graham 116 A P Smith 8/1
6. Albano K D Clark 120 J L Jones 7/2
7. Vicar’s in Trouble R   Napravnik 116 M J Maker 9/2
8. Silent Ruler M   Guidry 116 J K Desormeaux 15/1
9. Plug Catcher M   Mena 116 W B Calhoun 6/1

Picks are – 1,3,4,7 in an Exacta box with the 5 and 6 at the back end of a dime super!