2023 Lecomte Stakes, Louisiana Stakes & Silverbulletday Stakes Recaps

Brad Cox struck twice in the major races at the Fair Grounds on Saturday, with his Kentucky Derby hope Instant Coffee dominant in the G3 Lecomte and Kentucky Oaks possibly The Alys Look landing the ungraded 2023 Silverbulletday Stakes. In between, the improving Neil Pessin-trained Happy American came late to win the G3 Louisiana, his first victory at Graded level.

Lecomte Stakes

G3, $200,000, 1m 1/16 dirt, 3yo

Coffee grinds it out again: A bona fide Kentucky Derby contender emerged from the Lecomte at the Fair Grounds on Saturday, with 6-5 favorite Instant Coffee loading up with 20 RTKD points after pulling clear of Two Phil’s to post a dominant success.

There’s nothing flashy about Instant Coffee but he gets the job done very well, and he relished running into the fast fractions set by second-choice Echo Again, who was again exceptionally disappointing and can’t be viewed as a Derby candidate. Instant Coffee is, and proved it by putting two and a half lengths into the talented Two Phil’s, with five and a quarter length back to third-placed Confidence Game.

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Instant Coffee, trained by Brad Cox and ridden by Luis Saez, who signed for a treble on the day, may use the G2 Louisiana Derby back here on March 25 as a potential stepping-stone to Churchill Downs.

Lecomte Stakes Results

HorseWinPlaceShow
1. Instant Coffee   $4.60$2.80$2.10
2. Two Phil’s $3.40$3.00
3. Confidence Game $2.80

Winning time: 1m 45.12s

Louisiana Stakes

G3, $150,000, 1m 1/16 dirt, 4yo+

Happy, and you know it: Happy American graduated to the big league with a first Graded success in the Louisiana, getting up in the last sixteenth to beat Mr Wireless and Forza Di Oro by a neck and the same in a frantic finish.

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In a race run at a leisurely pace, James Graham sat chilly on 4-1 shot Happy American until turning him loose at the top of the lane, and he dug deep to get on top in the last few jumps. The 6-5 favorite Zozos came up empty in the stretch, finishing fifth.

The Neil Pessin-trained Happy American has run a career-best on each of his last two starts, both at the Fair Grounds, and looks set to add to his resume as the meet continues.

Louisiana Results

HorseWinPlaceShow
1. Happy American$10.00$4.80$4.20
2. Mr Wireless  $7.20$5.80
3. Forza Di Oro$6.00

Winning time: 1m 45.33s

Silverbulletday Stakes

Ungraded, $150,000, 1m 70y dirt, 3yo fillies

Alys leads Cox one-two: Brad Cox took home the Silverbulletday as expected but with the ‘wrong’ horse, as 2-1 shot The Alys Look outran her favored barn mate Chop Chop to earn 20 ‘Road to the Kentucky Oaks’ points.

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The Alys Look, ridden by Luis Saez, was strong close home to clinch it by a length, with the Cox pair skipping more than 13 lengths clear of third-placed Hayunevano, who had cut out the early pace. The Alys Look will now be pointed towards the G2 Fair Grounds Oaks on March 25 in a bid to seal her spot at Churchill Downs.

Silverbulletday Stakes Results

HorseWinPlaceShow
1. The Alys Look$6.60$3.00$2.20
2. Chop Chop   $2.60$2.10
3. Hayunevano $2.60

Winning time 1m 43.55s

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