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Feature Story: Lecomte and an Epic Antebellum Rivalry

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Every January at Fair Grounds, a promising young group of horses heads postward in the Grade III Lecomte Stakes. These are the newly-turned 3-year-olds of a fresh Triple Crown season, and the Lecomte serves as their initial proving ground. Perhaps one of these starters, decades down the road, will be remembered with the same respect granted this race’s namesake – a brilliant chestnut runner whose heralded career ended in untimely demise.

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