Kicking things off at the Fair Grounds is the G3 Lecomte Stakes raced at a distance of 1 Mile, 70 yards. Early to mid January is where we don’t see a lot of horses that have already burst onto the derby scene. Generally, it’s the Holy Bull Stakes in late January when we first see a prominent Juvenile or two begin their 3-yr-old campaign. From there it’s like dominos as the remaining and familiar contenders also begin to embark on their journey as a 3-yr-old. So, what we have here in NOLA this weekend is a wonderful opportunity for lesser known hopefuls to become a new derby contender.