The 2018 Lecomte was run at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots on January 13th, and it featured one of the biggest fields seen so far on the 2018 Road to the Kentucky Derby. Thirteen hopefuls filled the gate, but this race eventually came down to the top two favorites. Ultimately, Jerry Hollendorfer’s Instilled Regard scored the win.
At 2⁄1 odds, Instilled Regard brought back $6.60, $3.20 and $3.00 with the win. The second choice successfully fended off Principe Guilherme, who was notched at 6⁄5 odds to win and paid out $3.20 and $2.80 in second. Snapper Sinclair was an unexpected third place finisher, rewarding his few backers with $9.60 at 28⁄1odds.
The victory for Instilled Regard was affirming given that his training leading up to the 2018 Lecomte hadn’t gone smoothly.
"I would say he came out better than he did going in," said Christina Jelm, an assistant to Hollendorfer. "He was not tired at all and it was as if he went out for a regular morning gallop. He wouldn’t have blown out a candle after the race. He wasn’t breathing hard and he kind of wanted to go around there again. He took to the track very well."
There are high hopes for Instilled Regard after he was purchased for $1.05 million at the 2017 Ocala Breeders’ Sales in March as a two-year-old.
“He is unbelievable physically and his pedigree is dreamy”, Jelm continued. He is likely to be pointed at the Risen Star on February 14th while staying at Fair Grounds.
Steve Asmussen is the trainer for Principe Guilherme and Snapper Sinclair, as well as Zing Zang who finished fourth.
Instilled Regard has now placed in the money in all five of his starts. He is 2-2-1 with $228,000 in earnings after the 2018 Lecomte victory, and has seemingly gained a bit of steam after finishing second in the 2017 Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity. Expectations will remain lofty for the speedster as we keep an eye on developments during the Louisiana based circuit of prep races.
Road to the Kentucky Derby Condition Stakes
|10||Instilled Regard 2-1||$6.60||$3.20||$3.00|
|12||Principe Guilherme 6-5||$3.20||$2.80|
|2||Snapper Sinclair 28-1||$9.60|