3-year-olds on display in Lecomte Stakes

Updated: January 16, 2013

The first of two stakes for 3-year-olds on the way to the $1 million Louisiana Derby goes off on Saturday with nine entered in the $200,000 Lecomte Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course.

Representing Canada in the mile stakes will be trainer Josie Carroll’s Avie’s
Quality. Owned by Ivan Dalos, the 3-year-old colt will be ridden by Rosie
Napravnik from post 6.

Avie’s Quality is working on a two race win streak, including the Display
Stakes at Woodbine on Dec. 1. He has two wins, a second and a third in four
starts for $141,700.

“He’s always shown himself to want to do something like this,” said Carroll
after winning the Display. “Certainly his pedigree has indicated this is what
he would want to do.”

Shadwell Stable’s Hawaakom is coming off a maiden win at Fair Grounds on Dec.
15 and will break from post 5 on Saturday with Leandro Goncalves riding. The
chestnut son of 2006 Belmont Stakes winner Jazil is trained by Danny Peitz.

“We’ll be trying to figure out exactly where we are at with him,” said Peitz.
“We’ll be waiting to see if he can take the next step forward by continuing
his progress in this race Saturday.”

Highly regarded Golden Soul will start from post 7 with Brian Hernandez Jr.
returning to ride the chestnut colt. Trained by Dallas Stewart, Golden Soul
won for the first time on Dec. 30 at Fair Grounds by 7 1/4-lengths as the 3-5
favorite versus four challengers. In his debut on Nov. 18 at Churchill Downs,
the colt missed winning by a head. Golden Soul is owned by Charles Fipke.

Here is the field for the Lecomte in post position order: Malibu High, Miguel
Mena; Heitai, Richard Eramia; Fear the Kitten, Shaun Bridgmohan; Oxbow, Jon
Court; Hawaakom, Leandro Goncalves; Avie’s Quality, Rosie Napravnik; Golden
Soul, Brian Hernandez Jr.; Circle Unbroken, Mark Guidry and Ive Struck a
Nerve, Kent Desormeaux.

The post-time will be approximately 5:55 p.m. (ET).