2014 Hagyard Fayette Stakes

Fayette Stakes at Keeneland

DepartingIt is time to preview the Grade 2 Fayette Stakes for three year olds and up going a distance of 11/8 miles for a purse of $200,000. The morning line favorite is Albert Stall’s Departing with Robbie Albarado up. Departing has not won a Graded Stakes since September of last year when he was victorious in the Grade 2 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs. He did run third in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs in June. He likes to lay just off the pace if he can and then make his run. Second choice in the ML is Kiaran McLaughlin’s Long River with Rosie Napravnik in the saddle. This four year old colt is coming off a third place finish in the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park. He stalked the pace in that race and had the slight advantage at the head of the stretch before succumbing at 52 to 1. In March he was second by a neck in the Grade 3 Excelsior Stakes as the odds on favorite. He does like to stalk the pace.

Long RiverThird choice in the morning line is Nicholas Zito’s Stephanoatsee with Julien Leparoux in the irons. This one is coming off two fifth place finishes in Grade 1 company, but before that was in several optional Claiming races. He likes to come from well back but has not won a race in two years. The way I see it is this. I believe Call Me George will have the lead but only for a little while. Departing and Long River will make their customary runs and I also believe you will see something out of Code West. This one is tough for me because I don’t really see a definite front runner. But here goes. Long River will win it with Code West second and Departing third. Happy Handicapping Guys and Gals!



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