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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 Lecomte is a ‘Road to the Kentucky Derby’ prep race and the top four finishers are awarded Derby qualifying points (10-4-2-1). A 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.
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.
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.
In 2006, the Lecomte had to be cancelled due to Hurricane Katrina.
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The 2019 Lecomte Field & Morning Line Odds
|Post||Horse||Early Odds||ML Odds|
|6||Hog Creek Hustle||12-1|
|8||War of Will||6-1|
|10||Chase the Ghost||12-1|
|12||Plus Que Parfait||9-2|
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Quick Lecomte Facts
The Lecomte Stakes is a Kentucky Derby Prep Race that has been run since 1970 out of Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans. It is contested at 1 mile 70 yards and carries a purse of $200,000 along with a 10-4-2-1 points split. The second weekend of January is its typical post date.
The current speed record is held by Saintly Look, who seized the 2003 Lecomte in a time of 1:37.62.
As a marquee race at Fair Grounds, the Lecomte is also considered a precursor to the much larger and more prestigious Louisiana Derby. While no Kentucky Derby winners have come directly out of the Lecomte, a few have enjoyed success in the Triple Crown.
- Oxbow won the 2012 Lecomte Stakes and competed in the preceding Kentucky Derby as a 25/1 longshot, finish sixth. He then won the Preakness Stakes at 15/1 and then entered the Belmont Stakes as a 5/1 second choice behind Kentucky Derby winner Orb, but both lost to Palace Malice.
- Friesan Fire was first in the 2009 Lecomte Stakes, which propelled him to more triumphs in the 2009 Risen Star Stakes and Louisiana Derby victory. He was the 7/2 favorite of the 2009 Kentucky Derby but fell all the way to to 18th in a race eventually won by Mine That Bird.
- Hard Spun claimed victory in the 2007 Lane’s end Farm Stakes (also known as the Spiral Stakes or the Jeff Ruby Steaks) after skipping the harder surface at Oaklawn Park, which hosts the Arkansas Derby. He won the 2008 Lecomte. The colt would go on to lose to 4/1 favorite Street Sense in the Kentucky Derby, finish third in the Preakness and 4th in the Belmont Stakes. He also finished second in the 2007 Breeders’ Cup Curlin, losing to Curlin.
- No Le Hace was the first Lecomte winner to enjoy success in the Triple Crown, finishing second in both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes during the 1972 renewals.
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