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Free LeComte Stakes Past Performances (2019)

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Free LeComte Stakes past performances for Saturday, January 19, 2019

LeComte Stakes Kicks Off Big Weekend in the Big Easy

On the weekend that the New Orleans Saints play the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship game, there’s another event — not as big, but equally important for sports fans of the equine persuasion — happening on Saturday at Fair Grounds when 14 horses will face off in the G3, $200,000 LeComte Stakes for three-year-old Kentucky Derby hopefuls.

The field of 14, plus one on the also eligible list, is loaded with quality and future classic contenders that include two who faced Game Winner, the current favorite for the 2019 Kentucky Derby and victor of the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

Mr. Money (ML 5-1), trained by Bret Calhoun for Allied Racing Stable, was an easy winner in a MSW two back at Churchill before taking the plunge into deeper waters in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at long odds. After stumbling at the start, he was able to recover well enough to finish a respectable fourth and has been working well for his first race of the year.

Tight Ten (ML 8-1), son of Tapit didn’t fare as well in the BC Juvenile last time out for Asmussen finishing ninth after he steadied and hit the rail going into the first turn, according to the Brisnet past performance running line. Toss that race and his form shows he’ll be part of the top contingent setting the pace in the LeComte.

Kentucky Derby Prep Race Points will be distributed on a 10-4-2-1 basis to the first four finishers on Saturday.

LeComte Stakes Post Positions, Odds & Analysis

1 Wicked Indeed (12-1) — Takes a big step up after only two career starts for Asmussen who is completing trips to the winner’s circle at a 27% clip.

2 Malpais (12-1) — Son of Hard Spun will be stretching out to two turns for the first time after an easy maiden score LTO here for “Sharp” trainer. Look for him to press up inside but it’s hard to get them home right back vs. winners — especially at this level — but there’s only one way to know what you got with youngsters. Try them.

3 Tackett (6-1) — Two-for-two at the LeComte distance. Exits the same FG race as Wicked Indeed and might be “key” for handicappers if either of them performs well in this one.

4 Mr. Money (5-1) — Rain is in the forecast on Saturday in NOLA and this guy’s pedigree (by Goldencents) suggests he’ll take to an off-track. Trainer has sent out three winners in 56 tries at the meet — a 5% success rate. But he did face Game Winner LTO and is sitting on a pair of bullets here going back to last month.

5Night Ops (30-1) — Rallied to finish as the runner-up in a 1 1/8 mile MSW over the slop at Churchill LTO. That was his best race in five starts, so the off going may help his cause but it’s tough to back a freshman also ran against winning classmates.

6 Hog Creek Hustle (12-1) — Third in the Sugar Bowl Stakes in his last start, he picks up top jock Geroux as regular rider Lanerie opts for Chase the Ghost. Seems a cut or two or three below the top ones on the Trail.

7 Roiland (12-1) — All eyes appear to be focused on the Kentucky Jockey Club as the key race for guidance to the winner’s circle and the cashier. Sure this guy was beaten several lengths by the ML favorite, Plus Que Parfait in the KYJC, but he has a high percentage trainer, adds blinkers and gets top FG jock at a nice price.

8 War of Will (6-1) — Got maiden win LTO in his 5th start, a turf to dirt move by five at Churchill after four previous good efforts over the lawn including a two back fifth place finish in the BC Juvenile Turf. Note that his win was over a sloppy track so despite the turf to dirt success he’s probably still better suited for alternate surfaces than the main track — unless it’s off, which it just might be in the Big Easy on Saturday.

9 Mo Speed (20-1) Same connections as horse to his inside, son of Uncle Mo won here LTO in an off-the-turf OC$50K to make it two in a row. One of many with a chance with FG newcomer Lermyte in the saddle but you have to wonder why Geroux lands elsewhere.

10 Chase the Ghost (12-1) High percentage connections will try and make it to the winner’s circle for the second time after breaking the maiden ranks going two-turns with this guy in last. Removed the hood two back and narrowly missed here in a six furlong MSW. Lanerie had options and lands here again. Shot.

11 Tight Ten (8-1) Easy winner in his maiden voyage last summer at Churchill sprinting for Asmussen who tries graded company twice afterwards as the runner up. His sound defeat vs. Game Winner LTO in the BC Juvenile comes with an asterisk as he steadied and hit the rail in the first turn. Same jock back aboard and he’ll be close up early. Not sure for how long.

12 Plus Que Parfait (9-2) Exits the previously mentioned KYJC run over the slop when he closed fast through the lane to just miss by a neck. Leparoux looking for his Derby horse and follows this one to New Orleans for repeat attempt in the saddle for trainer who is 14% at the meet. Look for him to be taken back for a late attack but he’s no cinch, hence the lukewarm price to open.

13 Manny Wah (10-1) Added blinkers for the Sugar Bowl and finished second to earn this fields highest last race BRIS speed figure 95. Will have to go from this post and has the speed to do it but don’t see how he sticks around in a very competitive field.

14 Admire (20-1) Like that Rosario rode in his maiden voyage at CD sprinting. Love that he won his next and only other outing going 1 1/8 miles over the slop with Albarado for Romans. He’s sitting on a bullet at GP and the cutback in distance combined with tactical speed will help his chances. LONGSHOT SURPRISE.

Free LeComte Stakes Past Performances

Free Brisnet past performances for the LeComte Stakes can be found online. See Wayne Catalano’s entry, Manny Wah.

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