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Lecomte Stakes

Lecomte Stakes Race Facts

  • Location: Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, New Orleans, LA
  • Inaugural Race: 1944
  • Distance: One mile, 70 yards
  • Track Type: Left-handed, Dirt
  • Age Qualifications: Three-year-olds
  • Status: Grade 3
  • 2023 Purse: $200,000
  • 2023 Race Date: Saturday, January 21st

The Lecomte is a ‘Road to the Kentucky Derby’ prep race and the top five finishers are awarded Derby qualifying points (20-8-6-4-2) total of three Derby preps are run at the Fair Grounds early in the year, with the Lecomte also serving as a stepping stone to the major Derby prep Louisiana Derby in April.

2022 Lecomte Stakes Race Results

8Call Me MidnightJames Graham / J. Keith Desormeaux$59.00 / $13.00 / $5.20
5EpicenterJoel Rosario / Steven M. Asmussen$3.40 / $2.60
3PappacapJoe Bravo / Mark E. Casse$2.40
4TrafalgarColby J. Hernandez / Albert M. Stall, Jr.
9PresidentialBrian Joseph Hernandez, Jr. / Steven M. Asmussen
6CyberknifeFlorent Geroux / Brad Cox
7Blue KentuckyJareth Loveberry / Wayne M. Catalano
2Unified ReportCorey J. Lanerie / Dallas Stewart
1Surfer DudeReylu Gutierrez / Dallas Stewart

Exotic Payoffs:

  • $1 Exacta (8-5) Paid: $91.30
  • $0.50 Trifecta (8-5-3) Paid: $149.35
  • $0.10 Superfecta (8-5-3-4) Paid: $133.92

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The History of the Lecomte Stakes

The Lecomte Stakes was inaugurated in 1970 and is a Grade III race for 3-year-olds run annually the end of January at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans, La. Contested at 1 mile and 70 yards on the dirt since 2010, it currently offers a purse of $200,000. The race was previously run at 8 and 8.5 furlongs. The race was named after the 1850s racehorse Lecomte – who set a world record for four miles and who had a noted rivalry with the outstanding runner and sire Lexington – the Lecomte Stakes is the first of three races in Fair Grounds’ Kentucky Derby prep series for 3-year-olds.

Some notable winners of the Lecomte include Hard Spun (2007), who won 7-of-13 starts and over $2.6 million in earnings. He finished 2nd in the Kentucky Derby, 3rd in the Preakness and 4th at Belmont before finishing the year with a 2nd place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Classic; the final race of his career. In 2013, Oxbow won the Lecomte and then ran in all three Triple Crown races finishing 6th in the Derby and then winning the Preakness Stakes at 15-1 odds with Gary Stevens aboard. He followed with a 2nd place run in the Belmont Stakes.

Runners from the Lecomte Stakes frequently run in the other Fair Grounds Derby preps, the Risen Star Stakes (G2) and the Louisiana Derby (G2). Horses to have won all three races include International Star and Friesan Fire. 

The current Lecomte record time at 1 mile and 70 yards is 1:40.09 by Ron the Greek (2010), who became a stronger older horse winning three Grade I races as age 5 and 6: Santa Anita Handicap, Stephen Foster Handicap and Jockey Club Gold Cup. The following year and a half he won four straight races in Saudia Arabia to finish his career with more than $2.7 million in earnings.

All Time Results for The Lecomte Stakes

YearWinnerJockey / TrainerTime
2022Call Me MidnightJames Graham / J. Keith Desormeaux1:44.36
2021Midnight BourbonJoseph Talamo / Steven M. Asmussen1:44.41
2020EnforceableJulien R. Leparoux / Mark E. Casse1:43.72
2019War of WillTyler Gaffalione / Mark E. Casse1:43.44
2018Instilled RegardJavier Castellano / Jerry Hollendorfer1:42.59
2017Guest SuiteRobby Albarado / Neil J. Howard1:43.20
2016Mo TomCorey Lanerie / Thomas M. Amoss1:43.18
2015International StarMiguel Mena / Michael J. Maker1:43.62
2014Vicar's In TroubleRosie Napravnik / Mike Maker1:42.57
2013OxbowJon Court / D. Wayne Lukas1:43.30
2012Mr. BowlingRobby Albarado / J. Larry Jones1:43.49
2011WilkinsonGarrett K. Gomez / Neil J. Howard1:40.97
2010Ron the GreekJames Graham / Thomas M. Amoss1:40.09
2009Friesan FireGabriel Saez / J. Larry Jones1:37.67
2008Z FortuneShaun Bridgmohan / Steve Asmussen1:37.79
2007Hard SpunMario Pino / J. Larry Jones1:37.87
2006no race
2005Storm SurgeRobby Albarado / Dallas Stewart1:39.34
2004Fire SlamShane Sellers / David M. Carroll1:38.48
2003Saintly LookShane Sellers / Dallas Stewart1:37.62
2002EasyfromthegitgoDonnie Meche / Steve Asmussen1:37.98
2001Sam Lord's CastleRobby Albarado / Josie Carroll1:37.98
2000Noble RulerLarry Melancon / Niall O'Callaghan1:39.11
1999Some ActorEddie Martin Jr. / Thomas M. Amoss1:38.59