The 2019 Lecomte Stakes at a Glance

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A full field of 3-year-olds will face off for Kentucky Derby points at Fair Grounds in the Lecomte Stakes on Saturday.
A full field of 3-year-olds will face off for Kentucky Derby points at Fair Grounds in the Lecomte Stakes on Saturday. (Eclipse Sportswire)

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

Purse: $200,000

Distance: 1 mile, 70 yards

Race: 12

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.

JOCKEY: Brian J. Hernandez Jr.; TRAINER: Steve Asmussen

Tackett
Tackett (Lou Hodges, Jr. /Hodges Photography)

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.

JOCKEY: Adam Beschizza; TRAINER: Joe Sharp

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.

JOCKEY: Joe Bravo; TRAINER: Mike Stidham

4. Mr. Money (5-1): Outran long odds in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Training well and could be a decent value again.

JOCKEY: Gabriel Saez; TRAINER: Bret Calhoun

5. Night Ops (30-1): Last race was an improvement, but winless in five tries and in deep here. Pass.

JOCKEY: Edgar Morales; TRAINER: Keith Desormeaux

6. Hog Creek Hustle (12-1): 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

War of Will
War of Will (Coady Photography)

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.

JOCKEY: James Graham; TRAINER: Tom Amoss

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.

JOCKEY: Tyler Gaffalione; TRAINER: Mark Casse

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.

JOCKEY: Jerome Lermyte; TRAINER: Mark Casse

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.

JOCKEY: Corey Lanerie; TRAINER: Dallas Stewart

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

Plus Que Parfait (right)
Plus Que Parfait (right) (Coady Photography)

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.

JOCKEY: Julien Leparoux; TRAINER: Brendan Walsh

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

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

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.

JOCKEY: Marcelino Pedroza; TRAINER: Bernie Flint

THE PICK: Tackett

LIVE LONGSHOT: Admire

SUPERFECTA: 3-14-8-7

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