There's only one thing to say about the 2019 Lecomte Stakes — WOW.
Under the bright lights and night sky of the Fair Grounds Race Course on January 21, Gary Barber's War of Will put in a dominant performance over the rest of the competition to earn 10 points on the American Road to the 2019 Kentucky Derby®.
In the midst of a 12-horse field, the colt nicknamed 'Wow' broke well and gained momentum as the group rounded the clubhouse turn. Malpais held the lead going into the far turn, but was overwhelmed by both War of Will and Manny Wah as the final stretch came into focus.
As they went down the final stretch, War of Will and Manny Wah remained neck and neck until the latter steed started to gas and fell behind. With War of Will gaining an advantage, he turned on the burners in the final stage to win by a whopping four-lengths.
WOW, what a Road to Derby Kickoff Day that was. War of Will (left) in the Lecomte and Needs Supervision (right) in the Silverbulletday 📸@hodgesphoto highlighted a tremendous six-pack of stakes. Sunday's Black Gold Five Jackpot carryover = $37,476. pic.twitter.com/Gc18fH7Fhy— Fair Grounds (@fairgroundsnola) January 20, 2019
The victory puts the three-year old at 2-for-2 on dirt, and puts him on the map for potential contention at Churchill Downs® in less than four months.
As for the day after the race? War of Will was able to take a nice breather following his conquest.
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Kentucky Derby American Road Standings
|5||Long Range Toddy||10|
|8||War of Will||10|
Kentucky Derby European Road Standings
|1||Royal Marine (IRE)||10|
|2||Magna Grecia (IRE)||10|
|5||Phoenix of Spain (IRE)||4|
|7||Sydney Opera House||4|
|8||Mount Everest (IRE)||4|
Kentucky Derby Japan Road Standings
|1||Nova Lenda (JPN)||20|
|3||Derma Louvre (JPN)||8|
|4||Gal Vihara (JPN)||4|
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