Lecomte Stakes

Location: Fair Grounds Race Course, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Inaugurated: 1970
Race type: Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Distance: 1 mile 70 yards
Track: Dirt, left-handed
Qualification: Three-year-olds
Purse: $175,000

Race Type: Kentucky Derby Prep Race

Road to the Roses Points: 1st=10 points; 2nd=4 points; 3rd=2 points; 4th=1 point

Many horse trainers view the Lecomte Stakes as a prep race for the Louisiana Derby, and potentially the Kentucky Derby. Lecomte is the first Kentucky Derby points race of the year at New Orleans' Fair Grounds, in late January with 10 points available to the winners.

Lecomte Stakes and the Kentucky Derby


War Emblem is the only horse to win the Kentucky Derby after running in the Lecomte, in which he was fifth in 2002. Hard Spun won the 2007 Lecomte before finishing second at Churchill Downs.


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Lecomte Stakes Past Winners

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Owner Time
2019 War of Will Tyler Gaffalione Mark E. Casse Gary Barber 1:43.44
2018 Instilled Regard Javier Castellano Jerry Hollendorfer OXO Equine LLC 1:42.59
2017 Guest Suite Robby Albarado Neil J. Howard Farish, W.S. and Kilroy, Lora Jean 1:43.20
2016 Mo Tom Corey Lanerie Thomas M. Amoss G M B Racing 1:43.18
2015 International Star Miguel Mena Michael J. Maker Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey 1:43.62
2014 Vicar's In Trouble Rosie Napravnik Mike Maker Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey 1:42.57
2013 Oxbow Jon Court D. Wayne Lukas Bluegrass Hall 1:43.30
2012 Mr. Bowling Robby Albarado J. Larry Jones Brereton Jones 1:43.49
2011 Wilkinson Garrett K. Gomez Neil J. Howard Gaillardia Racing LLC 1:40.97
2010 Ron the Greek James Graham Thomas M. Amoss Jack T. Hammer 1:40.09
2009 Friesan Fire Gabriel Saez J. Larry Jones Vinery 1:37.67
2008 Z Fortune Shaun Bridgmohan Steve Asmussen Zayat Stables 1:37.79
2007 Hard Spun Mario Pino J. Larry Jones Fox Hill Farms 1:37.87
2006 no race        
2005 Storm Surge Robby Albarado Dallas Stewart Overbrook Farm 1:39.34
2004 Fire Slam Shane Sellers David M. Carroll Stan Fulton 1:38.48
2003 Saintly Look Shane Sellers Dallas Stewart William A. Carl 1:37.62
2002 Easyfromthegitgo Donnie Meche Steve Asmussen J. Cassels/R. Zollars 1:37.98
2001 Sam Lord's Castle Robby Albarado Josie Carroll Eugene Melnyk 1:37.98
2000 Noble Ruler Larry Melancon Niall O'Callaghan Fsim Racing Stables 1:39.11
1999 Some Actor Eddie Martin Jr. Thomas M. Amoss James McIngvale 1:38.59
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