Lecomte Stakes 2024 Picks

By Jarrod Horak

The road to Kentucky Derby 2024 continues at Fair Grounds on Saturday, January 20, and I have included Lecomte Stakes 2024 picks below. The Grade 3 event for 3-year-olds has a $200,000 purse and the eight entrants will be journeying 1 1/16 on the main track. The Lecomte is the 13th race on Jan. 20 and the top five finishers will earn Kentucky Derby points (20-10-6-4-2). 

Lecomte Stakes 2024 Picks & Final Time Ratings

Nash may have bounced in the Gun Runner Stakes after running a hole in the wind in his dirt route maiden win at Churchill Downs on Nov. 12. He was best of the rest in 3rd in the aforementioned Gun Runner but he definitely underperformed that day. He sat a decent stalking trip behind contested fractions but could not make an impact in the lane. He has worked twice since his last start and might rebound in a big way.  

Can Group fits on class and numbers, but surface might be an issue. He landed the show in back-to-back dirt sprints at Ellis Park to begin his career, and he was never threatening the top finishers in those races. The Good Samaritan colt switched to turf and earned his diploma from off the pace in a seven panel sprint at Kentucky Downs in his third start. He stretched out and made the grade in the Bourbon (G2) at 1 1/16 miles on turf, and exits an even 4th in the BC Juvenile Turf. Mark Casse is giving him a shot to succeed on the Derby trail, and he can always go back to turf if this experiment fails. He will try to get involved from off the pace.  

Ethan Energy broke slow and passed a few runners when finishing 6th of 11 in his dirt sprint bow. He stretched out and easily graduated in a local route second time out. Luis Saez hops aboard Brad Cox’s promising Uncle Mo colt.

Track Phantom beat Nash on the square in the Gun Runner. He dueled with Next Level, put that one away, and turned away Nash and Snead in a game effort. He won both starts around two turns and should be all over the pace under his winning maiden pilot Joel Rosario.

Lecomte Stakes 2024 Picks

The Lecomte Stakes is my 14th video on the road to Kentucky Derby 2024, and my top choices have three wins, three runner-up finishes, and two show finishes. I will cover each points race on the Kentucky Derby trail. Check out my Lecomte Stakes 2024 picks video below.