Saturday, January 21, 2012

Lecomte Stakes Racing Roundup

Shared Property heads a field of thirteen 3-year-old thoroughbreds today in what appears to be a wide open edition of the 68th running of the $175,000 Lecomte Stakes (G3) at the Fair Grounds Race Course.

Tagged as the 4-1 morning line favorite, Shared Property has not raced for more than three months and comes into the race off of a 4¾-length loss in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity Stakes at Keeneland last October.

However, if Shared Property returns to his previous form prior to that race, he should be competitive in the Lecomte. Shared Property broke his maiden last July at Ellis Park and then followed that performance with a one-length victory in the Arlington-Washington Futurity Stakes (G3) at Arlington Park in September.

Scat Daddy, the sire of Shared Property, was a precocious 2-year-old colt that won the Champagne Stakes (G1) and Sanford Stakes (G2). As a 3-year-old, Scat Daddy won the Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) and Florida Derby (G1).

Belong To Me, the damsire of Shared Property, was a multiple graded stakes winning sprinter but at stud he sired some notable middle-distance runners such as Forever Together who was a multiple graded-stakes winner with over $2.9 million in career earnings. Belong To Me is also the damsire of Circular Quay, winner of the 2007 Louisiana Derby.

Trainer Todd Pletcher must seem pretty confident about the chances of Dan And Sheila (6-1) to win the Lecomte as he moves the young colt up in class off of his maiden debut win last month at Gulfstream Park. I also like his chances and if Dan And Sheila improves off of that effort, he should be competitive.

More Than Ready, the sire of Dan And Sheila, has made quite a mark with his sons Phelan Ready and Sebring who were champion 2-year-colts in Australia with over $2 million in career earnings. His best runners in America have been the turf-sprinter Regally Ready with over $1 million in career earnings and Pluck, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Stakes (G2) and Summer Stakes (G3) with $727,290 in career earnings.

Capetown Devil comes into the Lecomte with a perfect undefeated record in three starts – at three different race tracks – for trainer David Carroll and he should be competitive in today’s race. He’s already won at the distance of today’s race when last month at the Fair Grounds, despite losing his footing at the start, Capetown Devil recovered and managed to win by a neck.

Cape Town, the sire of Capetown Devil, won the Florida Derby (G1) and Holy Bull Stakes (G2). His best runner to date has been Bird Town, winner of the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks and Acorn Stakes.

Nureyev, the damsire of Capetown Devil, was a top-class miler and outstanding sire of the Classic Champion Thoroughbreds Peintre Celebre, winner of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Spinning World, and Miesque, winner of the Dubai Poule D'essai Des Pouliches (Group 1) and dam of the Classic Champion Thoroughbred and outstanding sire Kingmambo.

Trainer Albert Stall cuts Seven Lively Sins back in distance after his 8-length loss to Sabercat in the Delta Jackpot Stakes (G3) at Delta Downs and he could be competitive in today’s race. Prior to the Delta Jackpot, Seven Lively Sins had never been out of the money in three starts including a narrow loss by three-quarters length to Motor City in the Iroquois Stakes (G3).

Stormy Atlantic, the sire of Seven Lively Sins, was a sprinter but he has sired some decent middle-distance runners in Get Stormy, Superior Storm, and Stormello to name a few.

Carson City, the damsire of Seven Lively Sins, was also the damsire of Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro and Stormello, winner of the Hollywood Futurity Stakes (G1), Norfolk Breeders’ Cup Stakes (G2).

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