The Road to the Kentucky Derby resumes on Saturday with the $200,000 Lecomte (G3), the first of three winter prep races taking place at Fair Grounds. The 1 1/16-mile event awards qualification points to the top four finishers on a 10-4-2-1 basis.

Midnight Bourbon
Total 4 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
1
Show:
2
Top Speed Rating:
(87) when finishing second in the Iroquois (G3).
Total Earnings:
$99,420
Owner:
Winchell Thoroughbreds
Breeder:
Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings
Trainer:
Steve Asmussen
Jockey:
Ricardo Santana
Sire:
Tiznow
Dam:
Catch the Moon
Color:
Bay

The most accomplished runner in the field has already competed twice on the Road to the Kentucky Derby, placing second in the Iroquois (G3) and third in the Champagne (G1). As a half-brother to 2017 Louisiana Derby (G2) winner Girvin, Midnight Bourbon is bred to enjoy racing at Fair Grounds. But the son of Tiznow isn't a standout in terms of Brisnet Speed ratings and was beaten 14 1/4 lengths in the Champagne, suggesting he isn't a lock to prevail in the Lecomte.

Arabian Prince
Total 3 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
0
Show:
1
Top Speed Rating:
(89) when finishing third in the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2).
Total Earnings:
$79,207
Owner:
Mshawish
Breeder:
M. Taylor, J. Taylor, BGT LLC, G. E. Saufley & Louis Brooks Ranch LP
Trainer:
Dallas Stewart
Jockey:
Brian Hernandez
Sire:
Mshawish
Dam:
Jolene
Color:
Dark bay/brown

A tried-and-true route runner, Arabian Prince has already run three times going a mile or farther, most recently rallying to finish third in the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. But the Dallas Stewart trainee is a one-dimensional deep closer, which could leave him at a tactical disadvantage compared to some of his speedier Lecomte rivals.

Beep Beep
Total 1 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
0
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(83) when winning his debut at Churchill Downs.
Total Earnings:
$67,700
Owner:
Marylou Whitney Stables
Breeder:
Marylou Whitney Stables
Trainer:
Norm Casse
Jockey:
Joe Talamo
Sire:
Tapizar
Dam:
Speedy Bird
Color:
Bay

A homebred racing in the colors of Marylou Whitney Stables, Beep Beep was an impressive debut winner on Nov. 29 at Churchill Downs, pressing the pace in a 7-furlong sprint before surging clear to score by 3 1/2 lengths. But the son of Tapizar is stepping up sharply in class and needs improvement from a Brisnet Speed rating perspective, which may be why he's cross-entered in an easier Fair Ground allowance race on Saturday.

Proxy
Total 3 start(s)
Wins:
2
Place:
1
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(82) when wiring a Fair Grounds allowance race.
Total Earnings:
$67,700
Owner:
Godolphin
Breeder:
Godolphin
Trainer:
Michael Stidham
Jockey:
Murrill Mitchell
Sire:
Tapit
Dam:
Panty Raid
Color:
Bay

Since rallying fast to finish second by a neck in his debut, Proxy has been unstoppable, rattling off gate-to-wire maiden and allowance wins at Far Grounds. His affinity for the local oval is encouraging, but he's still a bit green, and he benefited from setting slow pace fractions in his two victories. It remains to be seen how this Godolphin homebred will respond to a faster pace in the Lecomte, but at least he'll have Fair Grounds' leading jockey Murrill Mitchell charting the course.

Regular Guy
Total 4 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
1
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(89) when finishing second in a Churchill Downs maiden race.
Total Earnings:
$48,080
Owner:
Coffeepot Stables
Breeder:
Coffee Pot Stable
Trainer:
Wayne Catalano
Jockey:
Miguel Mena
Sire:
Bernardini
Dam:
Rebridled Dreams
Color:
Dark bay/brown

Although Regular Guy was beaten in his first three starts, the stoutly bred son of Preakness (G1) winner Bernardini showed improvement in his first two-turn race, battling to win a 1 1/16-mile maiden race at Fair Grounds by half a length. He'll stick to the same track and distance for the Lecomte, and as a half-brother to four stakes winners (including two-time Grade 1 winner Carpe Diem), Regular Guy has the pedigree to take another step forward for hot trainer Wayne Catalano.

Game Day Play
Total 4 start(s)
Wins:
2
Place:
0
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(93) when breaking his maiden at Lone Star Park.
Total Earnings:
$61,672
Owner:
Tom R. Durant
Breeder:
Tom Durant
Trainer:
Bret Calhoun
Jockey:
Gabriel Saez
Sire:
Violence
Dam:
Haley's Lolipop
Color:
Chestnut

By virtue of a late-running victory in the Clever Trevor S. at Remington Park, Game Day Play is the only established stakes winner in the Lecomte field. But the son of Violence has never run farther than 7 furlongs and will be facing tougher competition in the Lecomte, two significant hurdles he'll have to overcome.

Santa Cruiser
Total 3 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
1
Show:
1
Top Speed Rating:
(91) when breaking his maiden at Churchill Downs.
Total Earnings:
$73,792
Owner:
Calumet Farm
Breeder:
Calumet Farm
Trainer:
Keith Desormeaux
Jockey:
James Graham
Sire:
Dialed In
Dam:
Sweet Sermon
Color:
Dark bay/brown

After knocking heads with some formidable opponents (including future Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Essential Quality) in his first two starts sprinting, Santa Cruiser took a nice step forward when stretching out over a mile at Churchill Downs. The son of Dialed In showed vastly improved tactical speed, setting fast fractions before edging away to defeat Regular Guy by 1 1/2 lengths. The 91 Brisnet Speed rating he received fits well in the Lecomte field, stamping Santa Cruiser as a serious contender even while stepping up in class.

Red N Wild
Total 6 start(s)
Wins:
2
Place:
1
Show:
2
Top Speed Rating:
(82) when finishing third in the Remington Springboard Mile S.
Total Earnings:
$77,001
Owner:
Terry Eoff
Breeder:
Lunsford & Sikura Racing
Trainer:
Terry Eoff
Jockey:
Declan Carroll
Sire:
Bayern
Dam:
Contrasting
Color:
Chestnut

Beaten just a head by Game Day Play in the Clever Trevor, Red N Wild already has experience on the Road to the Kentucky Derby, finishing a distant third in the Remington Springboard Mile S. But with a career-best 82 Brisnet Speed rating, Red N Wild will need improvement to hold his own against graded stakes competition in the Lecomte.

Manor House
Total 1 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
0
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(85) when winning his debut at Laurel Park.
Total Earnings:
$22,800
Owner:
Newton Anner Stud
Breeder:
David Berman
Trainer:
Michael Stidham
Jockey:
Adam Beschizza
Sire:
Upstart
Dam:
Cascina
Color:
Dark bay/brown

No Lecomte entrant has been flashier than Manor House, who won his lone race to date—a 1-mile maiden race at Laurel Park—by 12 1/4 lengths. But the Florida-bred colt was under a stiff drive for most of the homestretch, and the quality of competition he defeated is unclear, so there's no guarantee his blowout victory at Laurel will translate to similar success at Laurel. He's actually cross-entered in a Saturday allowance race at Fair Grounds and may compete there instead.

Mandaloun
Total 2 start(s)
Wins:
2
Place:
0
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(92) when winning a Churchill Downs allowance race.
Total Earnings:
$91,252
Owner:
Juddmonte Farms
Breeder:
Juddmonte Farms
Trainer:
Brad Cox
Jockey:
Florent Geroux
Sire:
Into Mischief
Dam:
Brooch
Color:
Bay

Unbeaten in two starts for high percentage trainer Brad Cox, Mandaloun rallied to victory in his debut sprinting at Keeneland, then posted a comfortable pace-tracking allowance win traveling 7 furlongs at Churchill Downs. The latter effort saw Mandaloun defeat future Sugar Bowl S. third-place finisher Twilight Blue by 1 1/4 lengths, earning a sharp 92 Brisnet Speed rating. A son of two-time leading sire Into Mischief out of the accomplished Empire Maker mare Brooch, Mandaloun has the pedigree to stretch out over 1 1/16 miles and looms as the runner to beat with hot jockey Florent Geroux in the saddle.

Dyn O Mite
Total 7 start(s)
Wins:
2
Place:
3
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(82) when winning a Fair Grounds allowance race.
Total Earnings:
$82,800
Owner:
Brad Altshouse
Breeder:
Thoroughbred Acadiana
Trainer:
Keith Desormeaux
Jockey:
Colby Hernandez
Sire:
Goldencents
Dam:
Boom Boom Dynamite
Color:
Bay

The most experienced of the Lecomte runners with seven starts under his belt, Dyn O Mite enters off back-to-back victories for hot trainer Keith Desormeaux, including a narrow success in a 1-mile allowance race at Fair Grounds. His proven affinity for the local surface is a positive, but drawing the outside post could be challenging for this speedy colt, who needs improvement on the Brisnet Speed rating scale to challenge for a top-four finish.