Commonwealth Turf Stakes

Mr Dumas Surges Late For Commonwealth Turf Victory

Mr Dumas ranged into contention on the final turn, grabbed the lead in the stretch and turned back a late challenge from 7-2 favorite Tracksmith to win Saturday’s 16th running of the $175,000 Commonwealth Turf (Grade III) at Churchill Downs by a half-length. The victory gave jockey Joe Rocco Jr. his first graded stakes win […]

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Equibase Analysis: Upset Potential In The Commonwealth Turf Stakes?

The Grade 3, $100,000 Commonwealth Turf Stakes showcases seven horses in one of the last graded stakes races of the year restricted to 3-year-olds. Hot Springs just won the Jefferson Cup Stakes on the course in his most recent race in September so is most likely to be favored, but March to the Arch drops […]

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Mr. Misunderstood Stays Undefeated On Turf With Woodchopper Victory

Flurry Racing Stables LLC’s Mr. Misunderstood added yet another turf stakes victory to his resume and is now an unbeaten 8-for-8 on the grass after scoring a victory in Saturday’s $75,000 Woodchopper Stakes, which is run a distance of one mile over the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots’ Stall-Wilson Turf Course. Piloted by Shaun Bridgmohan, the 3-year-old […]

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Weekend Lineup: Red Smith, Sunshine Millions Preview

The weekend after the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, graded stakes action across the country will still offer several competitive wagering opportunities for horseplayers. In Aqueduct’s G3 Red Smith Handicap on Saturday, a field of 12 entrants will contest 1 3/8 miles on the turf. Chad Brown-trained Money Multiplier headlines the group, with stablemate Call Provision […]

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Commonwealth Turf Victor Hay Dakota May Target Claiming Crown

Following a 29-1 upset victory in Saturday’s Commonwealth Turf (GIII) at Churchill Downs, Hay Dakota is possible to target Gulfstream Park’s $125,000 Claiming Crown Emerald on Dec. 3, according to trainer Joel Berndt who scored the first graded stakes victory of his career. “We’ll go if it’s not too soon for the horse,” Berndt said. […]

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Heart to Heart Goes Wire to Wire in Commonwealth

Terry Hamilton’s Heart to Heart got his third win in a row with a dazzling front-running score in the Grade 3, $100,000 Commonwealth Turf Stakes at Churchill Downs on Saturday. Ridden patiently on the lead by Julien Leparoux, the even-money favorite ran the opening quarter in :23.60 and the half in :47.53. After six furlongs […]

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Trainer Matz Has Chance at Churchill Stakes Double

Trainer Michael Matz is seeking a Saturday stakes double beneath the Twin Spires with Ramona S Bass LLC’s A Little Bit Sassy in the $200,000-added Mrs. Revere (GII) and Rosedown Racing’s Bashart in the $100,000-added Commonwealth Turf (GIII). Both drew the far outside post in their respective fields. A Little Bit Sassy will break from […]

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River Seven Rallies for Win in Commonwealth Turf

Canadian invader River Seven, racing for the first time south of his home country’s border, wore down Frac Daddy near the finish under jockey Shaun Bridgmohan to score a half-length victory over 11 rivals in the 10th running of the $115,400 Commonwealth Turf (Grade III) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles on the grass Saturday […]

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Frac Daddy Hopes To Score First Stakes Win in Commonwealth Turf

Magic City Thoroughbreds’ Frac Daddy, a disappointing 16th on the first Saturday in May in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), will seek redemption on the Churchill Downs grass Saturday night when he faces a dozen 3-year-old rivals in the 10th running of the $100,000-added Commonwealth Turf (Grade III). The 1 1/16-mile […]

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Lea anything but common in Commonwealth

Lea was the best 3-year-old male on the turf at Churchill Downs on Saturday night when he won the Commonwealth Turf Stakes (gr. III) over 13 others. The son of First Samurai was piloted to the win by Brian Hernandez Jr. for trainer Al Stall. Lea sat behind Finale and Casual Trick until the field […]

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