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Ron The Greek wins Lecomte

Jack T. Hammer's homebred RON THE GREEK (Full Mandate) bided his time in the rear of Saturday's $100,000 Lecomte S. (G3) at Fair Grounds, came widest of all in the 10-horse field into the stretch and powered home to be 1 1/2 lengths clear of pacesetter Maximus Ruler (Roman Ruler) on the line. Sent off the co-fifth choice at 7-1, the Tom Amoss charge finished up the mile-and-forty yards fast-track feature in 1:40 under jockey James Graham.
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Cigar, I agree. Nice to win a Derby prep, but you don't teach your horse much that way. And I think this horse has a few things to figure out. And Torres is a better rider than that. Didn't turn out so well for Desormeaux and Piscitelli. Dare we say, a rider change has been announced on Piscitelli?
Maximus Ruler broke from the rail and was probably too fresh coming off the shelf.
Why was he on the lead to begin with?
I thought Maximus would win, but I agree with your analysis. For Maximus, he's going to have to rate, as the Triple Crown trail won't get easier going forward.
Ron the Greek is a one-run closer. He needs racing luck and pace help, and he was fortunate to get both in the Lecomte. Maximus Ruler ran the better race. In his 3rd career start and 1st since Nov. '09, he was keen early and set realistic fractions. He held the place and should move way up next time.

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