Despite a troubled trip, Jadada rallied from just off the pace to win the $214,800 Fayette Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) by 1 1/2 lengths Saturday at Keeneland. Sterling Stud's 5-year-old son of Jade Hunter completed the 1 3/16 miles in 1:54.92 under Shane Sellers to complete his first graded stakes win.
"It really wasn't pretty, but we got the money and that's all that matters," said Sellers. "I was just sitting there and sitting there, hoping we would finally get some daylight. But I just decided to pull him up and throw him to the outside and then let him get another chance to run at 'em. I'm just glad it worked out."
Mojave Moon, who brushed with the eventual winner leaving the gate, closed from last to finish second, a 1/2 length in front of Get Away With It. 7-10 favorite Ground Storm moved to the lead in the stretch before fading to finish fourth, 13 lengths ahead of Deputy Flag.
The win, completed over a fast track, was the second in a stakes race for Jadada, who earlier this year won the Governor's Handicap at Ellis Park. In between the two wins, he finished fourth in Captain Steve's Kentucky Cup Classic (gr. II). Trained by Mitch Shirota, Jadada was bred in Kentucky by Paul and Andrena Van Doren. He earned $133,176 for the win, his sixth in 26 races.
Jadada returned $11.80 for the win and topped a $43.80 exacta. (Chart, Equibase