Instilled Regard Wins Lecomte Stakes With Ease
By Margaret Ransom
OXO Equine LLC’s Instilled Regard earned his first stakes victory and took his first step toward the May 5 Kentucky Derby (GI) with a handy 3 ¾ length victory from just off the pace in the $200,000 Lecomte Stakes (GIII) at Fair Grounds. The $1.05 million 2-year-old in training purchase is trained by Southern California-based Jerry Hollendorfer and was ridden by fellow Hall of Famer Javier Castellano.
As the public’s near-5-2 second choice in the 13-runner field, Instilled Regard paid $6.60, $3.20 and $3. Principe Guilheme, as the 6-5 favorite, capped off the $16 exacta ($2) and returned $3.20 and $2.80. Snapper Sinclair, a 28-1 outsider, was good for $9.60. The trifecta was worth $165.20.
Zing Zang, Kowboy Karma, Ebben, Prince Lucky, Night Strike, Lone Sailor, Zeke, Analyze This Jet, Believe in Royalty and Trigger Warning rounded out the order of finish.
After a clean break from all, Believe in Royalty and jockey Robby Albarado sped to the lead where they… (more)