Review of Fayette Stakes, Grade II, at Keenland on October 27

Race 9. Fayette Stakes, Grade II. For three-year-old and up at 1 1/8 miles on dirt. Purse $200,000.


PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Prime Attraction Kent J. Desormeaux James M. Cassidy 2/1
2 Nice Not Nice Gabriel Saez William B. Bradley 10/1
3 Hence Ricardo Santana, Jr. Steve Asmussen 10/1
4 Scuba Tyler Gaffalione Brendan Walsh 15/1
5 Leofric Florent Geroux Brad Cox 5/2
6 Hofburg Jose L. Ortiz Bill Mott 5/2
7 Rated R Superstar Brian Hernandez, Jr. Ken McPeek 10/1


Hofburg and West Coast invader Prime Attraction headline a field of seven entered for the $200,000 Hagyard Fayette Stakes (Grade II).

Hofburg was placed on the Triple Crown trail after horse since finishing second in the March 31 Florida Derby (Grade I), one start after breaking his maiden. He ran seventh in the Kentucky Derby and ran third behind Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes.  Hofburg has not won a Graded Stakes. He should record his first graded stakes victory against this field of older horses.

Prime Attraction faced likely Breeders’ Cup Classic favorite Accelerate in his past two starts. He finished third in the $1 Million TVG Pacific Classic Stakes (Grade I) and finished fourth in the Awesome Again (Grade I) stakes. Prime Attraction is graded stakes-placed on turf and dirt in 2018, with his most recent victory coming in November’s Native Diver Stakes (Grade III) at Del Mar going 1 1/8 miles. Prime Attraction likes to be on the lead.

Leofric captured the West Virginia Governor’s Stakes (Grade III) on Aug. 4. He set the pace ran third in the Woodward Stakes (Grade I) on September 1. The distance will cause him problems, but he will be trying to set the pace with Prime Attraction and Nice Not Nice.

Nice Not Nice was third and set the pace in the Woodward Stakes ( Grade I) on September 1. The distance will also cause him problems plus trying to be on the lead with Leofric and Prime Attraction .

Hence is solid stakes competitor in Black type races. He will have trouble finding the board against this competition.

Rated R Superstar ran his best race this year at this course and distance in the Ben Ali (Grade III) in the spring. He has not done much since and has no speed.

Scuba in the past would be one of the top competitors in this field. His recent record 0-for-5 this year. I do not see him being a factor.

Our Top Three Picks:

  • Hofburg
  • Prime Attraction
  • Leofric




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