Keeneland Race Course will close its doors for the fall season Saturday, Oct. 30, but not before they run the $150,000-added Fayette Stakes (gr. III). The Laura De Seroux-trained, Chilean-bred Total Impact and Will Farish's homebred Midway Road look to be the horses to take up the early chalk.
Keeneland officials announced that the card will begin at 12:00 PM and feature five live races including the Fayette. The facility will offer a full-card simulcasting of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Lone Star Park.
A field of six older horses has been drawn for the 1-1/8-miles race for 3-year-olds and upward
De Seroux has been looking forward to running Sultan al Kabeer's Total Impact in Lexington for some time now. The son of Stuka was shipped here more than a week ago from his base in San Luis Rey Downs in California. He will carry the high weight of 125 pounds.
The 6-year-old annexed the Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) on July 10, and followed that up with a close third in the Pacific Classic (gr. I) Aug. 22, and a head second in the Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) Oct. 2.
Bred in Chile by Haras Don Alberto, Total Imact comes in off an impressive five-furlong, 1:01.60 workout over the track, and will exit from the third post position with jockey Craig Perret aboard.
His main challenge may come from Midway Road, named after the main road in Versailles which fronts Farish's Lane's End Farm. The 4-year-old son Jade Hunter
is a perfect three-for-three on the Keeneland oval, including a track record-setting performance in the 1-1/4 Ben Ali Stakes (gr. III).
Midway Road posted a disappointing sixth-place finish in the Woodward Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park September 11 but is in good hands in trainer Neil Howard and should be up to the competition.
Calvin Borel gets aboard in the familiar green and gold-chevroned silks, with regular rider Robby Albarado in Texas for the Breeders' Cup. Midway Road will break from the rail and carry 121.
Stone Spire's Sonic West, most recently third by four lengths in the Hawthorne Gold Cup (gr. II) Oct. 2, will add some spice to the affair starting from the second post.
The 5-year-old son of West by West was bred in Kentucky by Richard Lake and has notched two game thirds in a row including a nice effort in the Kentucky Cup Classic (gr. II) at Turfway Park Sept. 18.
Jockey Willie Martinez, aboard for both of Sonic West's 2004 stakes wins, gets the mount. Sonic West will carry 121.
The Nick Zito-trained Quest, Grey Beard, and Alumni Hall round out the field.Fayette Stakes (gr. III), 3-year-olds and upward, 1 1/8-miles, $150,000-added, Saturday, Oct. 30. Appx. Post Time 2:10 PM EDT
PP--Horse, Jockey, Weights, Odds
1 -- Midway Road, Calvin Borel, 121, 2-1
2 -- Sonic West, Willie Martinez, 121, 6-1
3 -- Total Impact, Craig Perret, 125, 7-5
4 -- Quest, Brian Hernandez, 119, 4-1
5 -- Grey Beard, Justin Shepard, 119, 30-1
6 -- Alumni Hall, Larry Melancon, 119, (6-1)