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Closing Hagyard Fayette Attracts 24 Nominations

October 15, 2016

LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 15) Joseph Sutton’s Bradester, winner of the Stephen Foster (G1) and a back-to-back winner of the Monmouth Cup (G2), headlines a roster of 24 nominations to the 59th running of the $200,000 Hagyard Fayette (G2) to be run Oct. 29.

Run at 1 1/8 miles on dirt for 3-year-olds and up, the Hagyard Fayette serves as the closing-day feature for Keeneland’s 17-day Fall Meet.

Trained by Eddie Kenneally, Bradester was third in the Lukas Classic at Churchill Downs on Oct. 1 in his most recent start. The respective winner and runner-up in that race, Noble Bird and Hawaakom, both are nominated to the Hagyard Fayette.

John Oxley’s Noble Bird won the 2015 renewal of the Stephen Foster and is a two-time stakes winner this year. Trained by Mark Casse, Noble Bird finished second in his most recent Keeneland start in April’s Ben Ali (G3), the Spring Meet equivalent of the Hagyard Fayette.

Other intriguing nominees to the Hagyard Fayette include Lael Stables’ Divining Rod and Flaxman Holdings Ltd.’s Tale of Life (JPN).

Trained by Arnaud Delacour, Divining Rod won the Coolmore Lexington (G3) here last year before finishing third behind eventual Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the Preakness (G1). Divining Rod is 2-for-2 this year.

Tale of Life, trained by Graham Motion, owns Keeneland’s 1 1/16-mile track record of 1:42.34 set this spring.

Entries for the Hagyard Fayette will be taken Oct. 26.