all in Triple Crown

Give famous jockeys enough time to ride enough horses, and they’ll inevitably become linked with one particularly memorable champion. Ron Turcotte had Secretariat. Eddie Arcaro had Citation. Earl Sande had Gallant Fox, and more recently, Calvin Borel had Rachel Alexandra.

Trainer Mark Casse won the past two Triple Crown races, and he helped his cause toward a hat trick in a familiar setting.

America’s Best Racing and handicapper (and avid gambler) Monique Vág team up to provide horseplayers with their best bets of the weekend.

Vág will identify her top picks as well as at least one longshot play of the weekend, a nice opportunity to swing for the fences on a win bet or to take a shot with a show bet. She also will occasionally look for strong exacta plays for the weekend or try to spot a nice opportunity for other wagers.

This Weekend’s Bets

The Lecomte Stakes is primarily known as a prep race for Kentucky Derby hopefuls. Yet if a horse in Saturday’s race catches your eye, do not restrict your future focus to the first Saturday in May.

The 76th running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Lecomte Stakes at Fair Grounds on Saturday is a race that will start to sift out the contenders from the pretenders on the Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve. Half of the 14 entrants come into the race off a graded stakes try.

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