At final odds of 11-1, Almasty led from gate to wire in Friday's Grade III Commonwealth Turf under jockey Jon Court. The $100,000 race for 3-year-olds was contested over a good turf course at 1 1/16 miles, with a final time of 1:45.41. Claimed by trainer Brad Cox for $30,000 in March at the Fair Grounds, Almasty made his graded stakes debut a winning one at Churchill Downs.
With the best start in a field of 11 horses, Almasty sprinted off to the lead and led through a solid first quarter in :23.48, fielding early pressure from Bucchero. Court eased back a bit for the second quarter to turn in a half-mile fraction of :48.10, remaining in front of Bucchero, One Go All Go and Obsidian Splendor. Rounding the turn for home, Almasty was challenged on the outside by Granny's Kitten, but Court shook the reins at him and hetook off once again to win by open lengths. Saham closed late to get up for second but didn't have enough to get to the winner late. Quality Bird was third and Granny's Kitten hung on for fourth.
Almasty was bred in Kentucky by Paget Bloodstock and Horse France. He is a ridgling by Scat Daddy out of the Pleasant Colony mare Minicolony. He is owned by John Wentworth's Rupp Racing Wentworth Brochu, LLC. Almasty was a $140,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase.
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