Jumpsucker Stable's Blacktype cruised to his third win in a row in Saturday's Grade 2 Commonwealth Turf Cup at Laurel Park, riding the rail under Trevor McCarhty to win by a half-length on the wire. The 5-year-old son of Dunkerque covered a mile over the firm turf in a course record time of 1:33.43 for trainer Christophe Clement.
“Sometimes that happens,” Clement said. “When horses get good, they get really good and by winning they get better. In this case, that's what happened. We took the blinkers off because he was a bit too strong with the blinkers and he seems to be a better horse that way.”
Longshot Heiko was extremely quick out of the gate, with nearly a two-length advantage on the 10-horse field by the first turn to lead through solid fractions of :23.26 and :46.43. He was tracked by Macagone and Mister Brightside, with favorite Force the Pass along the outside in fourth. Blacktype was well off the pace early on near the rear of the field, saving ground along the rail.
Rounding the turn for home, Force the Pass moved up four-wide to challenge Heiko, who fought back gamely through the stretch. Top of Mind made his challenge down the center of the track, but Blacktype was moving best of all along the rail, and was able to run down the leaders late in the race to win by a half-length. Top of Mind nosed out Force the Pass for second, with Heiko finishing a respectable fourth.
“Early on it was a good pace and he's got such a great stride it doesn't feel like you're going that fast when he was finishing,” McCarthy said. “He was rolling today. It's an honor and a great privilege to ride a horse like that.”
Bred in France by E.A.R.L. Haras Du Quesnay, Blacktype originally sold for under $10,000 as a yearling at the Deauville November mixed sale. He began his career in France, transferring to the United States in 2014. The Commonwealth Turf Cup is his second graded stakes victory, and third win in a row this year. Overall, Blacktype's record stands at seven wins from 20 starts, with earnings of over $470,000.
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