Fair Grounds Lecomte: Kentucky Derby Prep Season Gains Momentum

By | January 19, 2023

The Saturday card from Fair Grounds features several stakes races. The highlight will be the Lecomte which will issue 20 Kentucky Derby points to the winner.

Fair Grounds- Race 1

Post: 12:00 PM CT; $65k Maiden Special Weight going 6 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 9

  • #7 NEW DESTINY (3-1) gets the top selection. She has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #1 OLIVIA G (7-2) has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts. This one has tactical speed and can sit just off the leaders for a stalk and pounce trip.
  • #4 MUCHMORETHANREADY (5-1) makes sense on speed figures. This one will likely have a lot to do in the lane, but could get up with a competitive run.
  • #5 SHES A LUCKY REBEL (5-1) could be a dangerous threat to get loose on the front end.

Selections: 7 – 1 – 4 – 5

Fair Grounds- Race 2

Post: 12:30 PM CT; $65k Maiden Special Weight going 6 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 9

  • #3 SOUPER EXPLOSIVE (9-2) is the top pick. She has races good enough to beat this group. This one has the pedigree to be a major player in this spot.
  • #7 ARDEN’S ASSAULT (3-1) debuts here and has to be respected going out for the combination of Cox and Geroux.
  • #1 DESTINE TO RACE (12-1) seems to fit well enough here. This one shouldn’t have trouble with the 6 furlong distance.
  • #4 EVERGRANDE (4-1) debuts here and seems to be respected based on the morning line.

Selections: 3 – 7 – 1 – 4

Fair Grounds- Race 3

Post: 1:00 PM CT; $65k Maiden Special Weight going 1 1/16 miles on dirt; Entries: 9

  • #2 SPIELMAN (3-1) looks best here. This one should be sitting in the second tier of runners and looking to make one well timed run at the leaders.
  • #6 CAGLIOSTRO (4-1) should improve off the first start and appears to be a major player in this race.
  • #9 SENSE YOU ASKED (6-1) shouldn’t have trouble with the 1 1/16 mile distance.
  • #1 GAMETIME GLADIATOR (6-1) should improve off the first start and has solid early pace figures in a race that looks to lack a ton of front running speed.

Selections: 2 – 6 – 9 – 1

Fair Grounds- Race 4

Post: 1:30 PM CT; $65k Maiden Special Weight going 6 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 10

  • #2 MERLAZZA (9-2) debuts here and gets the top selection. She has to be respected going out for the combination of Cox and Geroux.
  • #6 MY AUNT SNOOKIE (6-1) has races good enough to beat this group. This one has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #10 CURLIN SERENADE (8-1) debuts here and is well bred for this spot.
  • #4 L J’S EMMA (3-1) makes the career debut with a pedigree to suggest talent.

Selections: 2 – 6 – 10- 4

Fair Grounds- Race 5

Post: 2:00 PM CT; $100k Marie G. Krantz Memorial S. going about 1 1/16 miles on turf; Entries: 7

  • #2 CHARLIE’S PENNY (3-1) is the top pick. She could get the right setup in this race. This one has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #3 LAKE LUCERNE (7-2) makes sense on speed figures. This one may benefit from a hot pace up front.
  • #6 WAVE OF GOODNESS (4-1) projects to sit mid pack and come with one run.
  • #4 CARPE VINUM (8-1) could get the right setup in this race.

Selections: 2 – 3 – 6 – 4

Fair Grounds- Race 6

Post: 2:30 PM CT; $65k Maiden Special Weight going 1 1/16 miles on dirt; Entries: 9

  • #5 COMPARATIVE (5-2) looks best here. She projects to sit mid pack and come with one run. This one comes into the race in really good form.
  • #6 SHE’S LOOKIN LUCKY (8-1) has solid early pace figures in a race that looks to lack a ton of front running speed. This one is well bred for this spot.
  • #7 GHOSTLY GIRL (8-1) looks to be the class of the field. This one projects to sit mid pack and come with one run.
  • #9 GRAPES FOR ELOISE (9-2) has to be respected going out for the combination of Amoss and Morales.

Selections: 5 – 6 – 7 – 9

Fair Grounds- Race 7

Post: 3:00 PM CT; $65k Maiden Special Weight going 6 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 10

  • #1 PINFIRE (8-1) gets the top selection for Tomlinson and Graham. This horse makes sense on value.
  • #3 FIRST DEFENDER (3-1) debuts here and has to be respected going out for the combination of Asmussen and Gaffalione.
  • #10 LITTLE STEVEN (12-1) is a price horse and has races good enough to beat this group.
  • #7 HEY JACKSON (8-1) should improve off the first start and could be a dangerous threat to get loose on the front end.

Selections: 1 – 3 – 10- 7

Fair Grounds- Race 8

Post: 3:30 PM CT; $100k Colonel E. R. Bradley S. going about 1 1/16 miles on turf; Entries: 11

  • #2 PRICE TALK (3-1) is the top pick. He has to be respected going out for the combination of Cox and Geroux.
  • #4 ENGLISH TAVERN (9-2) seems to fit well enough here.
  • #3 TWO EMMYS (5-2) runs evenly and looks to get a very fair pace scenario here. This one makes sense on speed figures.
  • #6 SAILING SOLO (10-1) has races good enough to beat this group. This one has really consistent pace figures which should work well in a moderately paced race.

Selections: 2 – 4 – 3 – 6

Fair Grounds- Race 9

Post: 4:00 PM CT; $65k Allowance Optional Claiming going 1 1/16 miles on dirt; Entries: 6

  • #5 DETERMINEDLY (7-2) looks to be the class of the field. This one has races good enough to beat this group.
  • #2 BANISHING (2-1) makes sense on speed figures.
  • #3 TAPIT’S CONQUEST (7-2) has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here. This one shouldn’t have trouble with the 1 1/16 mile distance.
  • #4 TAPIT SHOES (4-1) has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts.

Selections: 5 – 2 – 3 – 4

Fair Grounds- Race 10

Post: 4:30 PM CT; $65k Maiden Special Weight going 1 1/16 miles on dirt; Entries: 10

  • #8 MOBSTER (3-1) gets the top selection. He looks to be the class of the field. This one has the pedigree to be a major player in this spot.
  • #2 ONASA (5-1) makes sense on speed figures. This one is well bred for this spot.
  • #3 PRESIDER (6-1) has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #7 SINGLE RULER (8-1) seems to fit well enough here.

Selections: 8 – 2 – 3 – 7

Fair Grounds- Race 11

Post: 5:00 PM CT; $100k Duncan F. Kenner S. going about 5 1/2 furlongs on turf; Entries: 11

  • #2 MANNY WAH (9-5) is the top pick. He looks to be the class of the field.
  • #1 PYRON (10-1) will likely have a lot to do in the lane, but could get up with a competitive run.
  • #3 BOLDOR (9-2) could get the right setup in this race.
  • #5 ANGASTON (3-1) has races good enough to beat this group. This one may benefit from a hot pace up front.

Selections: 2 – 1 – 3 – 5

Fair Grounds- Race 12

Post: 5:30 PM CT; $150k Silverbulletday S. presented by Fasig-Tipton going 1 mile 70 yards on dirt; Entries: 7

  • #5 CHOP CHOP (8-5) looks best here. She has to be respected going out for the combination of Cox and Geroux.
  • #1 NORAH G (8-1) has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #4 THE ALYS LOOK (3-1) has races good enough to beat this group.
  • #3 HAYUNEVANO (8-1) makes sense on speed figures.

Selections: 5 – 1 – 4 – 3

Fair Grounds- Race 13

Post: 6:00 PM CT; $150k Louisiana S. Presented by Relyne GI By Hagyard going 1 1/16 miles on dirt; Entries: 9

  • #7 FORZA DI ORO (9-2) gets the top selection. He has to be respected going out for the combination of Cox and Geroux. This one has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #9 MR. WIRELESS (5-1) has really consistent pace figures which should work well in a moderately paced race.
  • #2 RUN CLASSIC (4-1) shouldn’t have trouble with the 1 1/16 mile distance. This one runs evenly and looks to get a very fair pace scenario here.
  • #3 INTREPID HEART (8-1) should be ready to run a top effort.

Selections: 7 – 9 – 2 – 3

Fair Grounds- Race 14

Post: 6:30 PM CT; $200k Lecomte S. going 1 1/16 miles on dirt; Entries: 8

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  • #7 INSTANT COFFEE (5-2) is the top pick. He shouldn’t have trouble with the 1 1/16 mile distance.
  • #8 TWO PHIL’S (4-1) has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts.
  • #1 ECHO AGAIN (6-1) has races good enough to beat this group. This one has really consistent pace figures which should work well in a moderately paced race.
  • #4 CONFIDENCE GAME (8-1) has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here. This one makes sense on speed figures.

Selections: 7 – 8 – 1 – 4

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