Keeneland: Core Beliefs, Mocito Rojo Top Contenders In Closing Day Fayette Stakes

by | 10.23.2019 | 1:24pm
Jockey Florent Geroux guides Core Belief into the stretch and goes on to win the 94th running of the Grade II $400,000 New Orleans Handicap at Fair Grounds. Hodges Photography / Britt Benson

Gary Broad's California-based Core Beliefs and Wayne T. Davis' Louisiana-based Mocito Rojo are the 123-pound highweights for Saturday's 62nd running of the $200,000 Hagyard Fayette (G2) on closing day of the Fall Meet. They lead a field of 10 horses entered Wednesday for the 1 1/8-mile dirt race for 3-year-olds and up.

The Hagyard Fayette will go as the ninth race on closing day's 11-race program with a 5:30 p.m. ET post time. First post is 1:05 p.m.

Trained by Peter Eurton, Core Beliefs won the New Orleans Handicap (G2) at Fair Grounds in March. In his past two starts, the 4-year-old Quality Road colt was sixth in the Gold Cup at Santa Anita (G1) and fourth in the San Diego (G2). In those races, he faced the likes of Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) pre-entrants Catalina CruiserHigher PowerMongolian Groom and Vino Rosso.

Joe Talamo, who is nearing 2,000 career wins, has the mount on Core Beliefs, who will break from post seven.

Shane Wilson trains Mocito Rojo, who has won his past five races. Winner of the Lukas Classic (G3) on Sept. 28 at Churchill Downs, Mocito Rojo also captured the Steve Sexton Mile (G3) at Lone Star and stakes at Delta Downs, Evangeline Downs and Remington Park.

Filemon Rodriguez will ride the 5-year-old son of Mutadda, who will start from post five. Rodriguez never has ridden at Keeneland.

The field for the Hagyard Fayette, with riders and weights from the inside, is: The Great Day (ARG) (Corey Lanerie, 121 pounds), Mr Freeze (Robby Albarado, 121), Tom's d'Etat (Joel Rosario, 121), Everfast (Miguel Mena, 118), Mocito Rojo (Filemon Rodriguez, 123), Tenfold (Ricardo Santana Jr., 121), Core Beliefs (Joe Talamo, 123), Bal Harbour (Tyler Gaffalione, 121), Own Agenda (Brian Hernandez Jr., 121), Big Dollar Bill (Chris Landeros, 121),

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