Fayette Stakes at Keeneland

Dave Bond | OTB Writer

Las Vegas, NV - The Grade 2 Fayette Stakes comes our way from Keeneland in Lexington Kentucky this Saturday, October 27. Horses three years old and upward will be after their share of the $150,000 purse when they go 1 1/8 miles on Keeneland`s synthetic track.

The Fayette Stakes has attracted a field of 11 for race 9 on Keeneland's Saturday card. Post time is 5:21 PM. Let's take a look at all 11 entries an what brought them to this Grade 2 race which happens to be the closing day for Keeneland's fall meet.

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2012 Fayette Stakes Race Favorites

Take Charge Indy - results include G1-Florida Derby (1st); G1-Breeders' Cup Juvenile (5th); G1-Breeders' Futurity (4th); G3-Arlington-Washington Futurity (2nd). He has been out of action since a disappointing nineteenth place finish in the Kentucky Derby but a win in the Florida Derby in March has him on the Fayette Stakes radar for sure.

Newsdad - is the course record holder here over 1 1/4 miles. He had an impressive victory over Simmard at the Grade 2 Pan American Stakes at Gulfstream in March for his best result this year but has struggled since - a fifth in the Grade 1 Elkhorn in April, a fourth in the Grade 1 Man o' War Stakes in July, a fourth in the Grade 1 Sword Dancer and a fifth last time out in the Grade 2 Bowling Green are all that Newsdad has mustered in four starts since his impressive win in the Pan American.

Fayette Stakes 2012 | Remaining Field Entries

Guys Reward - Dale Romans pupil had put together quite a run - three straight wins including the Grade 2 Firecracker Handicap at Churchill Downs in July but he hasn't been the same in his last two starts - a fourth in the Grade 2 Fourstardave Handicap was followed by another fourth last time out in the Grade 2 Bernard Baruch at Saratoga September 1. He has 36 starts win seven wins.

Salto - had so-so career in Europe and in his North American debut finished fifth in the Grade 3 Commonwealth Turf Stakes at Churchill Downs in November. In 2012 Salto raced to a fourth in an Allowance Optional Claiming in July after an eight month layoff, a very good second as favorite in the Grade 3 Cliff Hanger ay Monmouth September 1 and an Allowance score by nine lengths last time out here October 13.

Middie - has won two straight races ahead of the Fayette - an Allowance Optional Claiming last time out here on October 6 and an impressive win in the Grade 3 Washington Park Handicap September 1 at Arlington Park. He has five wins in 17 career starts - needless to say he is in the best form of his career heading into this weekend's race.

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Nikki's Sandcastle - has 27 career starts with 6 wins. His last two starts have resulted in second place finishes - both minor stakes races. Last time out was a second in the Robert F. Carey Memorial Handicap at Hawthorne October 6 and before that was a second in the Edward J. DeBartolo Memorial at Remington Park August 18.

Golden Yank - veteran of 31 career starts, Golden Yank enters the Fayette having finished second in his last two starts - both minor stakes races - the Remington Green Stakes last time out and the Unbridled Stakes September 8. He had a fourth in the Grade 2 Alysheba Stakes in May and a fifth in the Grade 3 Lone Star Park Handicap also in May in his most recent graded stakes action.

Photo Shoot - will be making his graded stakes debut on Saturday but has started one minor stakes race which resulted in a third two back at the Presque Isle Mile Stakes. He followed that up with a fourth in an Allowance here October 13. Before those result Photo Shoot won two of three Allowance races at Presque Isle Downs.

Vertiformer - won an Allowance Optional Claiming June 6 and raced three straight graded stakes races after that posting a fourth in the Grade 3 Arlington Handicap, an eleventh in the Grade 1 Arlington Million two back and a fifth last time out in the Grade 3 Durham Cup Stakes.

Eye of the Leopard - beat Stormy Lord in an Allowance Optional Claiming July 14 for the best result in a while - that race snapped an eight race losing streak dating back to 2010. Since then Eye of the Leopard has raced to a disappointing seventh in the Grade 2 Sky Classic and a third last time out in an Allowance September 21 at Woodbine.

Twinspired - Michael Maker colt raced to a seventeenth place finish in the 2011 Kentucky Derby but hasn't tasted victory since February of last year. In 2012 Twinspired has three seconds and a third place finish in seven starts - all Allowance races.

2012 Fayette Stakes Entries & Odds

Race 9 on Keeneland's Saturday card with a Post Time of 5:21 PM.

Post Horse Jockey Trainer ML Odds
1 Guys Reward C. Lanerie D. Romans
2 Photo Shoot S. Spieth J. Cheeks
3 Nikki's Sandcastle L. Goncalves D. Kassen
4 Newsdad J. Leparoux W. Mott
5 Take Charge Indy C. Borel P. Byrne
6 Salto (IRE) R. Napravnik T. Pletcher
7 Golden Yank S. Bridgmohan G. Thomas
8 Middie J. Court P. Oliver
9 Vertiformer J. Graham W. Catalano
10 Eye of the Leopard J. Rocco, Jr. D. Lukas
11 Twinspired V. Lebron M. Maker

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