Fidelightcayut rolled to a 1 ¾-length victory at Monmouth Park on Monday, Sept. 4, becoming the first winner for Darby Dan Farm’s Grade 1-winning stallion Leofric.
Owned by Habian Los Caballos LLC and trained by Juan Carlos Avila, Fidelightcayut, with jockey Carlos Olivero aboard, grabbed the lead soon after the start of the 5 ½-furlong test. Around the far turn, he shrugged off a challenge from Don’t Listen along the inside and drove clear late to secure the victory in his second lifetime start.
Bred in New York by JD Business Ventures, Fidelightcayut is produced from the Stormy Atlantic mare Beam Reach, a half-sister to stakes winner Behemoth. The gray or roan colt hails from the family of Canadian Horse of the Year Quiet Resolve and stakes winner Cleopatras Charge. Fidelightcayut is a graduate of the 2022 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale.
Leofric, a Grade 1-winning son of perennial leading sire and sire of sires Candy Ride (ARG), captured the prestigious Clark H. (G1) at Churchill Downs and the Fayette S. (G2) at Keeneland in consecutive starts. He also won the West Virginia Governor’s S. (G3), and amassed earnings of $951,040 in an exceptional racing career. All told, he won eight of 14 career starts and placed in four others, including a close third-place finish in the historic Woodward S. (G1) at Saratoga after leading to the final furlong.
By Candy Ride, sire of Horse of the Year and leading stallion Gun Runner, Leofric is produced from the Unbridled’s Song mare Lady Godiva, a half-sister to multiple Graded stakes winner Multiple Choice and stakes-placed multiple stakes producer Proposal. His second dam, Lady of Choice, is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner and Grade 1 producer Well Chosen and Grade 3 winner In Contention. Leofric was a $330,000 purchase at the 2014 Keeneland September Yearling Sale.