The Grade III Lecomte Stakes is one of the first Kentucky Derby Prep races of the year and was ran this past weekend at the Fairgrounds Race Course. Larry Jones has had quite a week as Havre de Grace (trained by Jones) won the Eclipse Awards Horse-of-the-Year on Monday and he then watched his Kentucky Derby hopeful, Mr. Bowling, take the victory at the Lecomte Stakes in New Orleans on Saturday.
Out of the gate, Alexander the Great and Hero of Order moved to the front quickly. They battled until the second turn, with Z Dager just behind and Mr. Bowling a couple of lengths back. As they turned for the stretch, Alexander the Great started to wane and Mr. Bowling began to move. In the final furlong, Mr. Bowling ran out in front and was challenged in a furious charge by Z Dager, while Shared Property also tried making a move. Mr. Bowling was able to hold off Z Dager by a head while Shared Property finished third by a ½ length in a highly competitive race.
Jockey Robbie Albarado was thrilled with the performance; “I had a great trip, an unbelievable trip,” Albarado said.  Former Kentucky governor Brereton Jones is the owner of Mr. Bowling, who won the mile and 70 yard race on a very fast track with a time of 1:43.49. Fairgrounds Race Course will host the Louisiana Derby just a month prior to the Kentucky Derby on April 1st.