Fields Line Up for LeComte, Silverbulletday
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Jet Black Magic won the Delta Downs Princess on November 21.

Louisiana's road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) kicks off Jan. 16 with the $200,000 TwinSpires LeComte Stakes (gr. III), along with a sister race for Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) hopefuls in the $150,000 Silverbulletday at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

With next Saturday's card drawn Jan. 8, an overflow field was entered for the mile and 70-yard LeComte, while the Silverbulletday drew eight, led by Delta Downs Princess Stakes (gr. III) winner Jet Black Magic.

NOVAK: Jet Black Magic Upsets Delta Princess

The LeComte features Kentucky Jockey Club (gr. III) third-place finisher Mo Tom, an Uncle Mo   colt who took the Street Sense Stakes one start prior and then made a good inside gaining run from far back in the 1 1/16-mile Kentucky Jockey Club Nov. 28. Tom Amoss trains for G M B Racing, and regular rider Corey Lanerie has the mount from post 7 on the co-highweight.

Shouldering 122 pounds, Mo Tom shares top impost assignments with last year's Prairie Meadows Juvenile Mile Stakes winner Pinnacle Peak. The Yes It's True colt struggled in the autumn of his 2-year-old season for Mike Stidham with a 10th in the Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) and an eighth in the Street Sense, but came back Dec. 18 to win a Fair Grounds allowance at the LeComte distance by a game neck. Florent Geroux will ride from the 10 hole.

Tom's Ready, the horse Pinnacle Peak beat last out after setting the pace, drew in with the announced scratch of Noble Thought due to an injury. He is also owned by G M B.

Looking to step up are allowance winners Riding in the Wind and Tiznoble, the latter assigned 118 (all others carry 116). Maiden winners Fish Trappe Road, Uncle Walter, Z Royal—trained by Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas for the connections of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah  Dolphus, (a half brother to champion Rachel Alexandra), Battle Tap, Indygo Breeze, Mending Fences, and Destin complete the field, along with the maiden Tarpon Bay Road.

In the Silverbulletday Stakes, run at the same distance, Jet Black Magic shares highweight assignment of 122 pounds with her fellow Bret Calhoun trainee More Than Most and Golden Rod (gr. II) runner-up Stageplay from the barn of Steve Asmussen. While Jet Black Magic took the Nov. 21 Delta Princess by 4 1/4 lengths, More Than Most has not raced since an Oct. 3 victory in the M2 Technology La Seniorita Stakes at Retama Park. Stageplay's Golden Rod second to Carina Mia came Nov. 28, snapping a two-race win streak that included her debut at Keeneland and the Rags to Riches Stakes at Churchill Downs

Allowance winners Midnight On Oconee, Lovable Lyss, and Annabelle complete the lineup, along with maiden winners Northwest Tale and Banner Waving. Banner Waving is a daughter of Speightstown   out of Freedom Flag, a daughter of the grade I-winning A.P. Indy mare Runup the Colors, herself a half sister to the dam of Horse of the Year and top sire Mineshaft  .  

LeComte S. (gr. III)

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, Saturday, January 16, 2016, Race 11
  • 1m 70y
  • Dirt
  • $200,000
  • 3 yo
  • 5:21 PM (local)
PPHorseJockeyWgtTrainerM/L
11Riding in the Wind (OH)Juan P. Vargas116Jose L. Lopez30/1
22Fish Trappe Road (NY)Robby Albarado116W. Bret Calhoun6/1
33Uncle Walter (KY)Miguel Mena116Michael J. Maker6/1
44Z Royal (KY)Victor Espinoza116D. Wayne Lukas15/1
55Dolphus (KY)Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.116Joe Sharp10/1
66Noble Thought (KY)Colby J. Hernandez116Michael Stidham10/1
77Mo Tom (KY)Corey J. Lanerie122Thomas M. Amoss7/2
88Battle Tap (KY)Patrick A. Valenzuela116Steven M. Asmussen10/1
99Indygo Breeze (KY)Mitchell Murrill116John Haran50/1
1010Pinnacle Peak (KY)Florent Geroux122Michael Stidham8/1
1111Tiznoble (KY)Jose Valdivia, Jr.118Joe Sharp10/1
1212Mending Fences (KY)Richard E. Eramia116Danny Pish20/1
1313Destin (KY)Julien R. Leparoux116Todd A. Pletcher6/1
1414Tarpon Bay Road (KY)James Graham116James E. Baker20/1
1515Tom's Ready (PA)Shaun Bridgmohan116Dallas Stewart5/1

Silverbulletday S.

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, Saturday, January 16, 2016, Race 9
  • STK
  • 1m 70y
  • Dirt
  • $150,000
  • 3 yo Fillies
  • 4:23 PM (local)
PPHorseJockeyWgtTrainerM/L
11Jet Black Magic (LA)Colby J. Hernandez122W. Bret Calhoun5/1
22Banner Waving (KY)Robby Albarado116Neil J. Howard20/1
33Annabelle (KY)Shaun Bridgmohan120Brad H. Cox8/1
44Lovable Lyss (KY)Francisco C. Torres118Hugh H. Robertson4/1
55More Than Most (TX)Jamie Theriot122W. Bret Calhoun6/1
66Midnight On Oconee (KY)James Graham118J. Larry Jones6/1
77Northwest Tale (KY)Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.116Dallas Stewart8/1
88Stageplay (KY)Florent Geroux122Steven M. Asmussen8/5
  

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