The 2019 Lecomte Stakes for 3-year-olds is the first of a trio of Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve prep races at Fair Grounds with the Grade 2, $400,000 Risen Star Stakes on Feb. 16 and the Grade 2, $1 million Louisiana Derby on March 23 to follow. Read on to learn more about the race for a closer look at this year’s field.
Racetrack: Fair Grounds in New Orleans, La.
Date: Jan. 19
Distance: 1 mile, 70 yards
Post Time: 6:49 p.m. ET
Notable winners: 2013 Preakness winner Oxbow, 2007 Kentucky Derby runner-up Hard Spun
First held: 1943
Kentucky Derby points: 10-4-2-1 to top four finishers, respectively
1. Wicked Indeed (12-1): A full-brother to two Grade 2 winners. Solid, but unspectacular so far but eligible to improve.
2. Malpai (12-1): A bit of a mystery stretching out in distance for the first time. Solid trainer-jockey combo. Very playable at the right price.
3. Tackett (6-1): Has an edge on most with back-to-back wins in two-turn races. Showed heart in most recent win. A serious player.
4. Mr. Money (5-1): Outran long odds in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Training well and could be a decent value again.
5. Night Ops (30-1): Last race was an improvement, but winless in five tries and in deep here. Pass.
7. Roiland (12-1): Deep closer won two of three, including a 1 1/16-mile race at Churchill, before finishing fifth in Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club. Considering for underneath.
8. War of Will (6-1): Grade 1-placed on grass before a runaway five-length win in first start on dirt. A serious racehorse.
9. Mo Speed: (20-1) Half-brother to Grade 2 winner Neck ’n Neck won off-the-turf race at 1 1/16 miles in first try on dirt.
10. Chase the Ghost (12-1): Took five starts to secure first win but did so in first try stretching out in distance. Not sure he’s fast enough to win.
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.
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 tough to take tepid favorite in wide-open race.
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.
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.
15. West Texas (20-1): Would need a defection to draw in as an also-eligible entrant after runaway win in maiden claiming race in career debut. A pace presence if he draws in.
THE PICK: Tackett
LIVE LONGSHOT: Admire