Favored Tom’s d’Etat Wins Closing-Day Hagyard Fayette


LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 26, 2019) – G M B Racing’s Tom’s d’Etat gave jockey Joel Rosario his fourth victory of the afternoon when he shook off rival Mr Freeze and pulled away to a 4¼-length victory in the 62nd running of the $200,000 Hagyard Fayette (G2) before 14,608 fans on closing day of Keeneland’s 17-day Fall Meet.


Al Stall Jr. trains Tom’s d’Etat, who was the 3-2 favorite in the race for 3-year-olds and up going 1 1/8 miles. Rosario and Tom’s d’Etat went to the front soon after the start and battled with Mr Freeze, leading the field of nine through fractions of :23.53, :47.81, 1:12 and 1:36.64. Their final time was 1:49.17 on a sloppy track.


Stall also won the Hagyard Fayette in 2009 with Blame.


The Hagyard Fayette marked the first graded stakes victory for Tom’s d’Etat, a 6-year-old son of Smart Strike out of Julia Tuttle, by Giant’s Causeway. A Keeneland sales graduate, he earned $120,000 for the victory, which increased his career earnings to $886,892 with a record of 15-8-2-1.


Tom’s d’Etat paid $5, $3.40 and $2.60. Runner-up Mr Freeze, with Robby Albarado aboard, returned $6.20 and $3.80. Finishing 3¼ lengths behind in third was Bal Harbour, who paid $2.60 to show under Tyler Gaffalione.


Own Agenda finished fourth and was followed in order by Core Beliefs, Tenfold, Mocito Rojo, The Great Day (ARG) and Everfast.


On Saturday, Rosario also won race 5 on Wells Bayou, race 6 on Pink Scatillac and race 8 on Proschema. He had a total of nine wins during the Fall Meet, including the First Lady Presented by UK HealthCare (G1) on Uni (GB), Woodford (G2) Presented by Keeneland Select on Stubbins and the Buffalo Trace Franklin County (G3) on Oleksandra (AUS).


Two relatives of Tom’s d’Etat are cataloged to Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale, which begins Wednesday, Nov. 6. His dam, Julia Tuttle, by Giant’s Causeway, is cataloged as Hip 676 and is in foal to Nyquist.


Tom’s d’Etat’s weanling half-sister by Connect is cataloged to the auction as Hip 675. Both horses are consigned by Lane’s End, agent for Dixiana Farms.






For more than 80 years, the Keeneland Association has devoted itself to the health and vibrancy of the Thoroughbred industry. The world’s largest Thoroughbred auction house, Keeneland conducts four sales a year, in January, April, September and November, and its sales graduates dominate racing across the globe at every level. In April and October, Keeneland offers some of the highest caliber and richest Thoroughbred racing in the world. Keeneland hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships in 2015 and will hold the event again in 2020. Uniquely structured, Keeneland is a privately held company with a not-for-profit mission that returns its earnings to the industry and the community in the form of higher purses and millions of dollars donated in support of horse industry initiatives and charitable contributions for education, research and health and human services throughout Central Kentucky. Keeneland also maintains the Keeneland Library, a world-renowned public research institution with the mission of preserving information about the Thoroughbred industry. To learn more, visit Keeneland.com.

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