Each week BloodHorse.com looks forward to the weekend's biggest races. This week, we have the return of Eclipse Award finalist Finest City, Sunshine Millions races at Gulfstream Park, the first Fair Grounds Triple Crown prep, and more.
Entries for the five stakes races on Saturday's card that also were offered on last year's card total 48. That total of 48 is up five horses from the number of runners in last year's five stakes on Lecomte day.
A promising field of 12 will go to post in New Orleans' first Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (G1) prep of the year in the $200,000 LeComte Stakes (G3) Jan. 21 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Trainer Tom Amoss said the field for the Feb. 20 Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) at Fair Grounds is one of the deepest he has seen at the Louisiana track, and he believes that's good for Mo Tom, who he trains for G M B Racing.
"You can either be excited about the future or worry that he's not there yet," trainer Tom Amoss said of his Lecomte (gr. III) contender. "I prefer to keep the glass half full. I've called him a work in progress."
Savoy Stomp, an $875,000 purchase from the 2013 Saratoga Fasig-Tipton select yearling sale, could be the one to beat for Team Valor International and Southern Equine Stable in a group of 11 entered for the Lecomte.