First Captain Tops Field of Six in G2 Fayette

October 26, 2022

LEXINGTON, Ky.— West Point Thoroughbreds, Siena Farm, Bobby Flay and Woodford Racing’s First Captain headlines a field of six entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 65th running of the $350,000 Hagyard Fayette (G2) going 1 1/8 miles on the main track.

Serving as the main attraction on the Fall Meet’s closing-day program that features three stakes, the Hagyard Fayette will go as the ninth race with a 5:16 p.m. ET post time. First post is 1 p.m.

Trained by Shug McGaughey, First Captain comes into Saturday’s race off a third-place finish in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) behind Olympiad, one of the leading contenders for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1). Luis Saez has the mount and will break from post position four.

First Captain will share top weight of 123 pounds with Willis Horton Racing’s Last Samurai and Juddmonte’s Fulsome.

Last Samurai captures the G2 Oaklawn Handicap (Coady Photography)

Last Samurai, trained by D. Wayne Lukas, has compiled a 6-1-1-1 record in 2022 with the victory coming in the Oaklawn Handicap (G2) in April. Tyler Gaffalione has the mount and will break from post six.

Fulsome, a four-time Grade 3 winner for Brad Cox, has won three of five starts in 2022 with the highlight being the Oaklawn Mile (G3) in April. Florent Geroux has the mount and will break from post three.

The field for the Hagyard Fayette, with riders and weights from the rail, is:

West Will Power (Joel Rosario, 121 pounds), Chess Chief (Rey Gutierrez, 121), Fulsome (Geroux, 123), First Captain (Saez, 123), King Fury (Brian Hernandez Jr., 121) and Last Samurai (Gaffalione, 123).

Keeneland Press Release/Edited

Main photo: First Captain wins the G3 Dwyer (Susie Raisher)


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