Art Collector, Defunded Lead Roster of Hagyard Fayette Nominees

October 16, 2022

Exacta From Saratoga G2 Among Nominees to Bryan Station

Cairo Memories, Dolce Zel Nominated to Valley View

Damon’s Mound Leads Nominations for Bowman Mill

Naughty Gal Nominated to Myrtlewood

LEXINGTON, Ky.— Bruce Lunsford’s homebred millionaire Art Collector, winner of the 2020 Toyota Blue Grass (G2) here, tops a roster of 20 nominees to the 65th running of the $350,000 Hagyard Fayette (G2) to be run at 1 1/8 miles on the main track Oct. 29.

Trained by Bill Mott, Art Collector’s 20-race career is highlighted by a victory in the 2021 Woodward (G1) at Belmont.

Another Grade 1 winner among the nominees is Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman’s Defunded, who posted a front-running victory in the Awesome Again on Oct. 1 at Santa Anita. Bob Baffert trains Defunded.

Exacta From Saratoga G2 Among Nominees to Bryan Station

Ready to Purrform scores in the G2 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame (NYRA/Coglianese)

Donegal Racing’s Ready to Purrform and Repole Stable, St. Elias Stable and Gainesway Stable’s Wit, the 1-2 finishers in the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame (G2) at Saratoga this summer, top the 32 nominations for the 18th running of the $300,000 Bryan Station (G3) for 3-year-olds going a mile on the Keeneland turf course.

Trained by Brad Cox, Ready to Purrform has compiled a 4-1-1-1 mark in 2022 while racing exclusively on the grass.

Wit, trained by Todd Pletcher, did not make his grass debut until the Hall of Fame. In his most recent start, Wit was a 2¾-length winner of the Better Talk Now Stakes at Saratoga.

Cairo Memories, Dolce Zel Nominated to Valley View

The G3 Providencia goes to Cairo Memories (Ernie Belmonte)

David Bernsen and Schroeder Farms’ Cairo Memories and Madaket Stables, Michael Dubb, Robert LaPenta and Michael Caruso’s Dolce Zel (FR) both two-time Grade 3 winners, top a list of 43 3-year-old fillies nominated to the 32nd running of the $300,000 Rubicon Valley View (G3) to be run Friday, Oct. 28 at 1 1/16 miles on the grass.

Trained by Bob Hess, Cairo Memories won the Providencia (G3) Presented by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and Honeymoon (G3) this spring at Santa Anita and most recently finished third in the Del Mar Oaks (G1).

Dolce Zel has been training at Keeneland for trainer Chad Brown. Winner of the Lake George (G3) at Saratoga and the Florida Oaks (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs, Dolce Zel finished third in the Lake Placid (G2) in her most recent start.

Damon’s Mound Leads Nominations for Bowman Mill

Damon’s Mound romps in the G2 Saratoga Special (NYRA/Coglianese)

Michele and Cliff Love’s Damon’s Mound, a winner of two of three starts including the Saratoga Special (G2), tops a roster of 22 nominations for the third running of the $200,000 Bowman Mill for 2-year-olds going 6 furlongs on the main track Oct. 29.

Trained by Michelle Lovell, Damon’s Mound would be cutting back to a sprint following a sixth-place finish in the Iroquois (G3) run at 1 1/16 miles.

Also nominated is Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman’s Havnameltdown, winner of the Best Pal (G3) at Del Mar. Trained by Bob Baffert, Havnameltdown finished second in the Del Mar Futurity (G1) in his most recent start.

Naughty Gal Nominated to Myrtlewood

Naughty Gal secures the win in the G2 Adirondack (Janet Garaguso)

Holy Cow Stable’s Naughty Gal, winner of the Adirondack (G3) at Saratoga in August, headlines a roster of 19 2-year-old fillies nominated to the third running of the $200,000 Myrtlewood to be run Oct. 28 at 6 furlongs on the main track.

Trained by D. Wayne Lukas, Naughty Gal would be cutting back to a one-turn distance following an off-the-board finish in the 1 1/16-mile Pocahontas (G3) in her most recent start.

Among the other nominees is Hoolie Racing Stable’s Somebody’s Problem. Trained by Greg Foley, Somebody’s Problem has won two of three starts with her most recent start producing a 4¼-length victory in the Prairie Meadows Debutante.

Keeneland Press Release/Edited

Main photo: Art Collector takes the G2 Bluegrass at Keeneland back in 2020 (Coady Photography)


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