Guest Suite had a wide trip in Saturday's $200,000 Lecomte (G3) at Fair Grounds, but that didn't stop the Neil Howard trainee from scoring a 1 1/4-length win on the wire under jockey Robby Albarado.
The mile-and-70-yard Lecomte is the first of three Kentucky Derby qualifying races at the New Orleans oval and offered up 10-4-2-1 points to the top four finishers.
Guest Suite took home the majority of those points after stopping the clock over the muddy, sealed main track in 1:43.20. Early in the race he rounded the first turn three wide, settled in midpack on the backstretch, came four wide on the final bend and rallied five wide into the lane. The bay son of Quality Road grabbed command at the three-sixteenths and pulled away to record his first stakes victory.
Guest Suite was sent off the 5-2 favorite in the Lecomte and debuted in the 11th spot on the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard with 10 points.
Untrapped, the 5-1 third pick in the 11-strong field, finished a half-length in front of Takeoff for the four points awarded to second. He took up the 21st spot while Takeoff garnered two points for third, good for position 30. A head farther back in fourth, Arklow debuted on the Leaderboard in 38th with one point.
The Road to the Kentucky Derby series continues at Fair Grounds with the February 25 Risen Star (G2), the first event in the "Championship Series" portion of the schedule. The race offers a total of 85 points (50-20-10-5) and the April 1 Louisiana Derby (G2) is worth 170 (100-40-20-10).
|8||Guest Suite 5-2||$7.60||$5.00||$3.60|