The primary 2020 race for three-year-olds in Louisiana providing Kentucky Derby qualifying issues is Saturday’s $200,000 Grade III Lecomte Stakes on the Truthful Grounds. At least 14 sophomores are entered in what must be a perfect wagering match as a part of a 13-race card that comes with 5 supporting Stakes.

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Enjoy in those early season Derby preps is vital. Scabbard confirmed various grit upon getting stopped chilly at the a ways flip to re-rally for 2nd in the back of best prospect Dennis’ Second within the Iroquois at Churchill Downs. Scabbard didn’t seem to deal with the deep sandy Santa Anita major monitor within the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and must get a reliable early tempo to arrange his run. He’s the pony to overcome.

4 horses leaping into Stakes festival for the primary time — Silver State, Mr. Monomoy, Lynn’s Map, and Sycamore Run — would possibly pose the most important threats. 

Silver State is confirmed on each rapid and rainy tracks and used to be maximum not too long ago an unfortunate loser vs. allowance corporate at Churchill Downs in a one-turn mile. He must love the two-turn course and has already proven he can take a seat in the back of horses and end.

Mr. Monomoy, a sibling to champion filly Monomoy Lady, simply didn’t remaining attempting two turns for the primary time Dec 21, a race received by means of Lynn’s Map. Mr. Monomoy attracts a excellent inside of put up with the quick run to the primary flip and his tactical velocity must permit him to determine a excellent shuttle.

The aforementioned Lynn’s Map appeared very relaxed in his two-turn debut working down Mr. Monomoy, however attracts the intense outdoor put up. He’s going to want some racing good fortune, regardless that his making improvements to trend is straightforward to love.

Sycamore Run ran sooner beating Maidens in his six-furlong Truthful Grounds debut on Dec 21 (1:10 4/5) than Gold Side road did successful the Sugar Bowl Stakes on the similar distance two races later (1:11 1/5). Sycamore Run is bred to love a course (by means of Side road Sense), however being drawn in put up 13 will wish to use his early velocity to safe a excellent place.

The Lecomte has the possible to supply a number of horses that will have an have an effect on in upcoming Derby prep races. It isn’t just a excellent wagering race however must supply wagering alternatives down the road. Watch carefully.

Wintry weather racing heats up

The iciness horse racing indicators get a large spice up beginning subsequent week, headed up by means of Gulfstream Park’s Pegasus International Cup Invitational and the hole of Oaklawn Park.

The Pegasus International Cup Invitational will likely be run Saturday January 25. Omaha Seaside is anticipated to make his ultimate occupation get started within the $three million Pegasus, and barring a unmarried price tag winner within the Rainbow Six for the time being (there’s a Rainbow Six jackpot carryover of $2.37 million going into this week’s motion at Gulfstream Park), there will likely be a compulsory payout with an enormous pool within the Rainbow Six on Pegasus International Cup day. A complete of 9 Stakes will likely be introduced at the Pegasus card, together with the second one working of the Pegasus International Cup Turf.

Oaklawn Park kicks off their iciness/spring meet on Friday, January 24 with report handbags and 4 $1 million greenback races — The Rise up (March 14), the Arkansas Derby (April 11), and the Oaklawn Handicap and Apple Blossom Handicap (April 18) — a number of the meet highlights. With added participation from horsemen primarily based in Southern California, better box sizes and advanced high quality must make for excellent wagering right through the meet. 

We can get into extra element subsequent week about each Pegasus International Cup day and the hole of Oaklawn Park.

Rosario driving in Saudi Arabia

Joel Rosario, the present main jockey at Santa Anita, will trip at King Abdulaziz Racetrack in Saudi Arabia on Friday and Saturday sooner than returning to Santa Anita on Sunday.

There are 8 Stakes races being run over the two-day duration designed to be prep races for the brand new Saudi Cup program on the similar monitor on February 29. The Saudi Cup will likely be a 1-1/eight miles one-turn dust race with a handbag of $20 million. Rosario is anticipated to trip McKinzie within the Saudi Cup for teacher Bob Baffert.

Lindo File Play for Gaming These days: Santa Anita, Friday, Race 7 — Exultation (No. 5). This horse used to be a voided declare when lacking by means of a head vs. equivalent a 12 months in the past. He’s secure from being claimed off the layoff by means of the pointy Eurton solid and Flavien Prat takes the decision. He seems to be really well intended.

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