01/01/2011 5:33PM

Fair Grounds: Justin Phillip wanders, still cruises in Lecomte prep


Promising Steve Asmussen-trained 3yo Justin Phillip broke a touch awkwardly, then veered sharply out in midstretch, but still won an N1X allowance by more than three lengths in race 4 on Saturday. Asmussen attributed the bad behavior to immaturity, as Justin Phillip was making his first start around two turns, and Justin Phillip -- all things being equal -- should proceed to the Lecomte Stakes on Jan. 22. He's a decent looking prospect (by First Samurai, out of good racemare Ava Knowsthecode), and it will be interesting to see if he progresses in his second route race three weeks from now.