13 entered for LeComte/ Union Rags lets it out a notch/

As expected, it will be close to a full gate in Saturday’s LeComte Stakes (G3) at the Fair Grounds.  A large field of 13 sophomores brings not only multiple story lines but also big betting opportunities.  The tepid favorite is Shared Property at 4-1, whose most notable score came on Polytrack and will also be coming off a three-month layoff. Twice graded stakes-placed Seven Lively Sins is next on the line, but third choice Exfactor should get some play based on his recent stakes victory on the same track.  However, the LeComte will be his two-turn debut and his pedigree gives mixed signals on whether or not that will suit him.  Z Dager and Todd Pletcher’s Dan and Sheila are coming off impressive maiden wins and could build their own bandwagon with a win.  Perhaps the most heartwarming result could unfold if Ted’s Folly extends his winning streak to seven.  The small Oklahoma bred has modest connections and was purchased for just $1,200.  Below is a link to free PP’s of the race and the upcoming page will soon have race videos for all of the entries// Union Rags had a more serious breeze Wednesday morning, with a quick time of 49 and 3 for four furlongs.  He’s still gearing up for the Fountain Of Youth (G2) in late February// Trainer Lloyd Mason is going to be ambitious with Rockinarz Recruit.  He has nominated the colt to the Triple Crown and hopes to point him to the El Camino Real (G3) at Golden Gate after Friday’s optional claimer at Santa Anita// Churchill Downs announced the deadlines for their three future wager pools.  Last year, the Pool #3 exacta bet of Animal Kingdom over Nehro paid $3,074 compared to just $330 on Derby day.  Good luck with that in 2012// Good article from Brock Sheridan on the continued disrespect of Hansen…

Lecomte (G3)
Entries: Equibase
Preview Articles: Fairgrounds / Bloodhorse / TTimes / DRF

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Union Rags PMM- 4F- 49:63- B- 4/13
Take Charge Indy PMM- 6F- 1.14:73- B- 2/2
Margano GP- 4F- 48:85- B- 5/16
King Kid GP- 5F- 1.01:80- B- 2/10
Coalition BEL- 5F- 1.02:13- B- 8/18
Sir Bond FG- 4F- 49:80- B- 15/46
Drill SA- 4F- 46:80- H- 1/28
Unbridled's Note SA- 5F- 1.00:80- H- 5/19
Empire Way HOL-6F- 1.14:00- H- 5/8