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2014 LeComte Stakes at Fair Grounds

Fair Grounds LeComte Stakes

Oxbow Winning 2013 LeComteOn Saturday, January 18th, 2014 we have the Grade 3 $200,000 LeComte Stakes at Fair Grounds. The LeComte is considered as one of the two prep races leading to the Louisiana Derby in March. This race is also a 2014 Kentucky Derby Prep Season Points Race and will award points to the top 4 finishers. As always, if you are unfamiliar with the Derby points system, be sure and check out our page dedicated to this year’s Kentucky Derby with leaderboard and videos, as well as a breakdown of how the system works- 2014 Kentucky Derby 140 Points System. There will also be another prep race for the system on Monday for Oaklawn Park’s Smarty Jones’ Stakes, so be sure and check back with us for that write-up as well. In the LeComte, a field of 9 three year olds will battle it out over 1 mile 70 yards in the 9th race on the card for Fair Grounds on Saturday. In last year’s edition of the LeComte, Oxbow won in a gate-to-wire victory by 11 ½ lengths. As they say, pace makes the race and I feel that this year we’ll see much of the same.

Grade 3 LeComte

Roman UnbridledThe 3 to 1 morning line favorite is Gold Hawk. Gold Hawk is undefeated in 2 starts and looks good for this race, but I believe he will fall short here. In his past 2 races he has run about mid-pack before making his move after the 2nd call, and I believe if he does that in this race, it will be far too late. For value, I’m going with Vicar’s in Trouble at 9/2 on the ML. Vicar’s in Trouble has several things going for him here. For starters, he has Rosie Napravnik in the irons. As of January 15th, Rosie is the top jockey at Fair Grounds which can only work in Vicar’s in Trouble’s favor. Also the colt has the top speed figure in this field by far. My only real concern for him is whether or not he can get the distance, but I feel he can. This horse is going to go straight to the lead and could control the pace of this one. He won’t be alone in the hunt for the early lead, though. Roman Unbridled will be right there with him and at 8 to 1 on the morning line, he is my longshot play. In his last race, Roman Unbridled won by 8 ½ lengths in the Big Drama at Delta Downs and prior to that, he ran 4th in the Grade 3 Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes. Distance should not be an issue for this colt and I believe that if he goes for the lead, he has a very good shot at winning this one. In the end, I believe Roman Unbridled and Vicar’s in Trouble will be the two to watch in the 2014 LeComte. Good luck everybody!

 

 

 

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Mike Jr, eldest son of Mike Lane Sr, is co-lead author at HandicapHorseRacing.com and was raised on thoroughbred horse racing and handicapping. Although father and son often butt heads on their selections, they both have much love and admiration for the sport. Mike Jr. brings a new, fresh perspective to horse racing and is often in search of new angles to try.

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