Road to Kentucky Derby Makes Stop at Fair Grounds for Lecomte

The Lecomte (G3) at Fair Grounds is a Road to the Kentucky Derby points race (Photo credit: Fair Grounds Race Course).

The Lecomte (G3) at Fair Grounds is a Road to the Kentucky Derby points race (Photo credit: Fair Grounds Race Course).

The first of three Road to the Kentucky Derby points races at Fair Grounds is coming up on Saturday, with 15 entered to run in the $200,000 Lecomte (G3) led by the Tom Amoss trained Mo Tom, the 7-2 morning line favorite.

The field likely will be reduced to 11 as Noble Thought will scratch due to an injury and Battle Tap, Indygo Breeze and Tarpon Bay Road may opt for an allowance race on Monday’s card.

As a Road to the Kentucky Derby points race, there are 10-4-2-1 points up for grabs for entry into the Run for the Roses. The Lecomte is the first of three Derby points races at Fair Grounds. Coming up on Feb. 20 is the $400,000 Risen Star (G2) and then the marquee event of the meeting is the $1 million Louisiana Derby (G2) on March 26.

Amoss will saddle the likely favorite Mo Tom, who is coming off a good third in the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) at Churchill Downs which was contested in the slop.

The other main contender appears to be Fish Trappe Road, a New York bred who raced against the track bias in a runner up finish in the Sleepy Hollow in his last outing.

The Lecomte is one of five stakes on an outstanding 12-race card at Fair Grounds. The $150,000 Silverbulletday features three-year-old fillies with sights on making it to the Kentucky Oaks (G1) in May at Churchill Downs.

In addition to the big day in the Bayou, it is Sunshine Millions Day at Gulfstream Park, with six stakes with purses of over $1 million up for grabs.

At Aqueduct the feature is the $125,000 Jazil which drew a field of seven led by Claiming Crown Jewel winner Royal Posse (8-5) and Kid Cruz (2-1) who is winless in eight races since taking the Dwyer (G3) in July of 2014.

Let’s head out to Fair Grounds for Saturday’s featured race of the day:

  fair grounds

Fair Grounds Race 11 The Lecomte (G3) Post time 5:21 CT

7 Mo Tom   7-2

2 Fish Trappe Road   6-1

3 Uncle Walter   6-1

5 Dolphus   10-1

Mo Tom exits the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) in the slop last out at Churchill Downs where the Tom Amoss trainee checked in third. Outrun in the early going the colt came up the inside, had to wait briefly coming out of the far turn and came up the inside with a good late run, losing momentum just briefly when switching leads.  He was beaten 1 ¾ lengths for the top spot. The runner up Mor Spirit came back to win the Los Alamitos Futurity (G1) in his next outing on Dec. 19. Two back our top pick was a sharp winner of the Street Sense at Churchill Downs going a mile. The $150,000 Keeneland purchase has four sibs that are winners and two are stakes winners, top earner Beautician ($636,175).

Fish Trappe Road steps out of the New York bred ranks where last out the colt ran second in the Sleepy Hollow at Belmont Park going a mile. The colt set the early fractions and could not hold off the winner in the stretch while drifting out. He caught a racing strip that was playing to outside stalkers and closers that day. The third place finisher Governor Malibu graduated in his next start while the fourth place finisher Sudden Surprise came back to win his next two starts, taking the state bred Notebook and a New York Stallion Series race.  He is out of the stakes winner Electric Shock ($134,100), who has dropped five other winners.

Uncle Walter is coming off a game second against first level optional claimers last out at Churchill Downs in his first start against winners, beaten just a neck for the top spot. The Mike Maker trainee broke his maiden in his debut two back at Keeneland going seven furlongs by a neck with a strong late run. He looks as if two turns will suit him. He is by hot sire Uncle Mo out of a Unbridled’s Song mare that has dropped six other winners. The colt has been working sharply over the main track at Gulfstream Park for his stakes debut.

Wagering:

WIN: Mo Tom to win at 5-2 or better.

EXACTA: 2,7 / 2,3,5,7

TRIFECTA: 2,7 / 2,3,5,7 / 2,3,5,7,15

 

Road to the Kentucky Derby Package

Catch Derby Fever with Michael Dempsey’s Road to the Kentucky Derby Package! Subscribers receive ALL of Michael’s Saturday’s Reports now until the first Saturday of May!

Included in the package is coverage of all of the major Derby preps, his Best Plays Report and his full card reports each Saturday! In addition, this package includes his Kentucky Oaks Day and Kentucky Derby Day Reports! Now only $119.95!

 

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll

No. Horse Points
1 Flightline 351
2 Life Is Good 306
3 Olympiad 292
4 Jackie's Warrior 282
5 Clairiere 142
5 Country Grammer 142
7 Epicenter 121
8 Regal Glory 89
9 Nest 87
10 Hot Rod Charlie 48
As of August 1, 2022


DRF Past Performances



Check out the most powerful
interactive Past Performances
used by Michael Dempsey. Use the code TENOFF19 which gives
you a 10% discount on any DRF Formulator plan that is one month or longer.


drf


Free Horse Racing Picks

Get free horse racing picks each day from expert race handicapper Michael Dempsey Click Here


Belmont Stakes News & Reports
Breeders' Cup
Turf ‘n’ Sport handicapper Michael Dempsey has the Belmont Stakes covered with his selections, analysis and fair odds for every race on the card!
Wager on the Belmont Stakes
Belmont Stakes News

Belmont Stakes Reports

Horse Racing Betting Tips

Horse Racing Betting Tips
Turf 'n' Sport handicappers give out basic horse racing handicapping information..