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Big turnout for Brass Hat

Mass Cap winner Brass Hat is expected to headline the field for Saturday's closing-day Grade 3 Fayette Stakes at Keeneland.

The 6-year-old gelding, a winner of 8 of 19 starts and more than $1.5 million for trainer Buff Bradley, will be making just his second career start at Keeneland. His only other start at the track was in April 2004, when he ran fourth in the Forerunner Stakes on turf.

Brass Hat, owned by Buff's father, the former Kentucky state senator Fred Bradley, won't be lacking ontrack support. Buff Bradley said much of his family would come from Frankfort to see the horse run at Keeneland, perhaps even Buff's 95-year-old grandmother.

"He's traveled the world," he said of Brass Hat. "Staying closer to home will be nice."

Kentucky Cup Classic third-place finisher Stream Cat heads the likely opposition. Other probable starters include Demeteor, Dr. Pleasure, Go Between, Kona Blend, Save Big Money, and Tap Dancing Mauk.



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