Noble Bird dominates Keeneland’s Fayette

Son of Birdstone sets new track record, passes $1 million in earnings

John Oxley’s Noble Bird parlayed his 1½-length victory in the Oct. 1 Lukas Classic Stakes at Churchill Downs into a 5¾-length rout in the Fayette Stakes (G2) on the Oct. 29 closing card of Keeneland’s fall meet.

Ridden by Julien Leparoux for trainer Mark Casse, the 5-year-old chestnut son of Birdstone took the lead out of the gate and never blinked, crossing the wire in 1:47.75, a nine-furlong record for Keeneland’s new dirt track.

Lael Stable’s 4-year-old Tapit colt Divining Rod closed for second to give Gainesway stallions the exacta in the Fayette.

Jack Swain bred Noble Bird in Kentucky out of the Tiznow mare Anyhow, a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Mythical Gem and to stakes winner Apple Charlotte.

Noble Bird’s win improved his record to seven wins in 19 outings, and the $120,000 winner’s check made him racing’s newest millionaire with career earnings of $1,064,945.

Noble Bird wins the Fayette by 5¾ lengths
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