Entries and J’s Picks for the Lecomte Stakes at Fair Fairgrounds on January 18

The Lecomte Stakes is at 1 1/16 miles and awards points for a a spot in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1). The points are awarded on a 10-4-2-1 scale to the top four finishers. Fourteen 3-year-olds have been entered for a shot at the Derby trail.

Race 13. Lecomte Stakes(G3). For three -year-old at 1 1/16 miles on the dirt. Purse $200,000.

Entries:

PP Horse Jockey  Trainer M/L
1 Finnick the Fierce  Sonny Leon Rey Hernandez 15/1
2 Mr. Monomoy  Florent Geroux Brad H. Cox 9/2
3 Perfect Star  Robby Albarado Scott Gelner 30/1
4 Scabbard  Corey J. Lanerie Eddie Kenneally 7/2
5 Excession  Colby J. Hernandez Steven M. Asmussen 12/1
6 New Eagle  Gabriel Saez Michael J. Maker 20/1
7 Halo Again  Joseph Talamo Steven M. Asmussen 15/1
8 Jack the Umpire  Shaun Bridgmohan Brett A. Brinkman 20/1
9 Silver State  Ricardo Santana, Jr. Steven M. Asmussen 5/1
10 Enforceable  Julien R. Leparoux Mark E. Casse 15/1
11 Bango  Marcelino Pedroza Gregory D. Foley 20/1
12 Shashashakemeup  James Graham Keith Desormeaux 20/1
13 Sycamore Run  Adam Beschizza Joe Sharp 6/1
14 Lynn’s Map  Miguel Mena Mark E. Casse 6/1

 

Halo Again comes in off a win in Woodbine’s Coronation Futurity. He’s unbeaten in two starts, with the other win on dirt in a runaway maiden victory. He posted a sharp five-furlong workout coming in. From the No. 7 post, he should get a good trip close to the pace and will be running late. 

Silver Slate was second behind the highly touted Necker Island at Churchill Downs last out. Had stumbled at the gate and just missed at the wire. With a good break, he should sit mid-pack as the leaders go at it up front. He ran well in both one-turn starts at Churchill last year, earning an improved number in a nose defeat second time out. 

 Mr. Monomoy was second behind Lynn’s Map last time out at the Fair Grounds, He looked as if he didn’t like the track, and weather could again come into play for Saturday. But if he runs back to his maiden win, he will have a huge chance. 

Enforceable has won going longer before, and is Grade 1-placed. Ran into a sloppy track in the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) last out and couldn’t get going. His works have been impressive over the Fair Grounds track, and he’s one of the most experienced horses in the race. If he can stay out of traffic in this 14-horse field, I could see him picking up the pieces at the end

Scabbard is exiting a layoff, but he’s been tested at a higher level than any horse in the field and appears to be training well. 

Lynn’s Map likes the track at Fair Grounds, beating a couple of his rivals here on Dec. 21. This is a step up in class and the post position may lead to a scratch in favor of another race. 

Finnick the Fierce has the inside post which is a definite disadvantage for a horse missing his right eye.

Mr. Monomoy is a colt with a lot of potential. Great draw for him, and he should get the distance with no problem. Trainer Steve Asmussen is always dangerous in these races ,and 

Silver State retains his go-to rider, Santana Jr., over his stablemates. He ran well in both one-turn starts at Churchill last year, earning an improved number in a nose defeat second time out. 

Scabbard ran well in his first three starts, including a good second in his first route try in the Iroquois (G3). Halo Again won both starts for Asmussen last year, including the Coronation Futurity at a mile and an eighth in Canada. Scabbard did not handle the surface at Santa Anita in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. He’s been tested at a higher level than any horse in the field and appears to be training well. 

Shashashakemeup tries two turns in his third start.

J’s Top Three Picks

  • Scabbard
  • Sycamore Run
  • Mr. Monomoy

On a fast track Scabbard looks the best in the field. He second in the Iroquois (G3) behind Dennis’ Moment, but was fourth in the TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1). 

Scabbard has never encountered a wet track, though, while a handful of others emerge from encouraging efforts in the slop, notably Finnick the Fierce , Mr. Monomoy Excession New Eagle Silver State , Sycamore Run and Lynn’s Map . Lynn’s Map  maybe scratched due to his poor post position.

Sycamore Run looks loose on the lead, after splashing to a front-running debut victory at six furlongs. The swift projected pace should set up for Scabbard and Enforceable, my longshot play. 

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