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
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.