James Karp's Newsdad closed from seventh in a field of 10 at the head of the stretch to wear down Take Charge Indy and win the 55th running of the $150,000 Fayette (G2) by two lengths over Nikki's Sandcastle before a closing-day crowd of 14,737 at Keeneland on Saturday.
Newsdad was ridden to victory by Julien Leparoux, who became the first jockey in the history of the race to win in three consecutive years. Leparoux won on Successful Dan in 2010 and Wise Dan in 2011.
The victory was the second in the Fayette for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, who saddled Go Between to win the 2007 renewal.
Take Charge Indy, making his first start since being injured this year's Kentucky Derby (G1), took the lead out of the gate under Calvin Borel. Under token pressure from favored Salto (IRE), Take Charge Indy set fractions of :24.25, :47.98 and 1:11.74 as Leparoux bided his time with Newsdad at the back of the field.
Approaching the far turn, Newsdad moved to the outside and by the time the leaders reached the top of the stretch, he was in the clear with dead aim on the front-runners. Newsdad wrested the lead from Take Charge Indy at the sixteenth pole and drew off as Nikki's Sandcastle rallied to edge Take Charge Indy by a half-length for second.
Newsdad, a 4-year-old homebred son of Arch out of the Pulpit mare Storm Tracer, covered the 1 1/8 miles on the main track in 1:48.74. The victory was worth $90,000 and increased Newsdad's earnings to $483,640 with a record of 20-5-2-3.
Newsdad returned $19, $9 and $5.20. Nikki's Sandcastle, ridden by Leandro Goncalves, returned $8.20 and $5.40 with Take Charge Indy hanging on for third and paying $4.80 to show.
It was a half-length back to Salto, who finished fourth and was followed in order by Middie, Photo Shoot, Guys Reward, Eye of the Leopard, Golden Yank and Twinspired.
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