Lecomte Stakes Handicapping Picks
Horse racing gamblers are you looking for 2020 Lecomte Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping Odds…plus some predictions? Need some advice on who to take? The 2020 Lecomte Stakes is set for Saturday at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans, Louisiana. Here’s a preview of our top contenders.
Lecomte Stakes Preview and Prediction
- Race: Lecomte Stakes
- Purse: $200,000
- Track: Fair Grounds Race Course
- Date: January 18
- Post Time: 5:55 p.m. (CT)
- Live: 2020 Lecomte Stakes Odds: Click Here
2020 Lecomte Stakes Handicapping
The first of three big qualifying races for the 2020 Kentucky Derby to be run at Fair Grounds this winter goes off on Saturday with the running of the (G3) Lecomte Stakes. The race has drawn a full field of 14 three-year-olds to race 1 1/16 miles on the Fair Grounds dirt track. They’re fighting for Derby points on a 10-4-2-1 scale to the top four finishers.
This is a pretty wide-open race with potential to provide some nice payouts. There are question marks behind all the top contenders and at least half of the field are coming off good performances their last time out.
Odds listed here are from Bovada’s racebook.
2020 Lecomte Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: Scabbard Race Odds: 4-1
He only has one win in four lifetime starts, but Scabbard has easily been facing the toughest competition of all the colts in the field. Last out he was fourth in the (G1) Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, and prior to that he was a runner up in both the (G3) Iroquois Stakes and the (G2) Saratoga Special. With most of the others taking their first shot at stakes company, he needs to prove his class.
Trained by Eddie Kennealy, he’ll be ridden on Saturday by Corey Lanerie.
2020 Lecomte Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: Halo Again Race Odds: 9-2
As a sign of just how contentious this race could be, the track handicapper has Halo Again as a 15-1 long shot in the morning line odds. An Ontario-bred, he comes into the race off a win in the 1 1/8 miles Coronation Futurity, the top race for two-year-olds in Canada. That was on the Woodbine all-weather track, but he scored his maiden win prior to that on the dirt at Churchill Downs.
Steve Asmussen trains, and Joe Talamo gets the call to ride.
2020 Lecomte Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: Silver Slate Race Odds: 9-2
Although he had trouble at the break in both of his first two lifetime starts, Silver Slate managed to get up for a dead-heat win in the first of those, and came from off the pace to just miss on the head-bob at the wire in the second. He has shown good speed in both of his races, now he has to step up against much tougher company.
He’s another trained by Steve Asmussen, while Ricardo Santana Jr. will be in the saddle.
2020 Lecomte Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: Sycamore Run Race Odds: 12-1
The second Ontario-bred in the field, the track handicapper has Sycamore Run at 6-1 in the ML odds. He only has a single start to his name, but in that he took the field wire-to-wire for a 3 1/2 length win going six furlongs on the Fair Grounds dirt. Like Silver Slate, he now has to show what he can do against a much better field.
Joe Sharp trains, with Adam Beschizza in the irons.
Here’s my 2020 Lecomte Stakes Free Pick.
You could make a case for a couple in here that I haven’t even mentioned, like Lynn’s Map and Mr. Monomoy, but I think Silver Slate is an improving horse that managed to prevail in a couple tough battles and I think he’s going to have a breakout performance here.
Normally you would shy away from horses that scored their biggest wins on the all-weather at Woodbine, but Halo Again’s win at Churchill back in October would indicate he can handle the dirt surface just fine, and there’s no question he’ll get the distance, so I’ll play him in a exacta box with Silver Slate. I’ll also put those two on top with Scabbard and Sycamore Run in the bottom spots of the trifecta.
Full Field: 2020 Lecomte Stakes Odds
- Scabbard 4-1
- Halo Again 9-2
- Silver Slate 9-2
- Lynn’s Map 5-1
- Enforceable 8-1
- Mr. Monomoy 10-1
- Finnick The Fierce 12-1
- Shashashakemeup 12-1
- Sycamore Run 12-1
- New Eagle 16-1
- Excession 20-1
- Jack The Umpire 20-1
- Bango 33-1
- Perfect Star 33-1
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