Commonwealth Turf Draws Field of 11
Seaspeak and Amazing Results, both victims of bad racing luck last month at Keeneland, will each try to change their fortunes at Churchill Downs Nov. 9 when they go to post in the $100,000-added Commonwealth Turf (gr. IIIT), a 1 1/16-mile test for 3-year-olds.
A field of 11 has been entered for the Commonwealth Turf, the feature of a 10-race Churchill program. Going off as race 9, Commonwealth Turf post time is set for 4:37 p.m.
For a moment, it looked as though Dr. John A. Chandler’s homebred Seaspeak had scored his first graded stakes win Oct. 12 in the Bryan Station Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the Keeneland turf, as he narrowly defeated Cowboy Cal in the one-mile event. But the son of Mizzen Mast was disqualified and placed second after stewards determined he had interfered with his rival during a bumpy stretch run under Kent Desormeaux.
Trained by Alex Clarkson, Seaspeak is 1-1-2 from five starts. He is out of the Gone West mare Somerset West. The dark bay recorded a bullet work of :47 flat for four furlongs Nov. 4 at Keeneland in preparation for the Commonwealth. Desormeaux will ride once more.
Unlike Seaspeak, Illinois-bred Amazing Results did not lose by disqualification, rather was nosed out of victory in the $200,000 Perryville Stakes (gr. III) Oct. 11 on the Keeneland Polytrack. After breaking poorly and lagging near the back of the pack for a half-mile, the son of Grand Slam rallied willingly with a six-wide move under Rene Douglas. He just missed catching Hatta Fort in the final jump.
Owned, trained, and bred by Chris Block, Amazing Results has won two minor stakes on the Arlington Park Polytrack this season and also has scored twice on the turf at Fair Grounds. Douglas will ride again.
Also entering the Commonwealth in good form is Skychai Racing and Dollar Stable’s Cherokee Triangle. The Michael Maker trainee won consecutive minor stakes at Canterbury and Ellis Park this summer, and most recently, missed by a neck in the Hawthorne Derby (gr. IIIT) Oct. 11. The son of Cherokee Run is 4-2-1 from nine turf starts and has won twice at 1 1/16 miles. Churchill’s leading rider Julien Leparoux will ride Cherokee Triangle for the first time. Maker leads all trainers in victories at the current Churchill meet.
Also coming out of the Hawthorne Derby is Snoose Goose. Like Cherokee Triangle, the Aptitude colt was also a neck back during a three-way photo. The Virginia-bred has won twice this season for trainer Hugh Robertson.
Alien Farm’s Nistle’s Crunch, who had off-the-board finishes to Big Brown in the Florida Derby (gr. I) and Haskell Invitational (gr. I) earlier this season, tries for his first graded stakes score. The Van Nistelrooy colt was fifth in the Bryan Station.
$100,000 Commonwealth Turf (gr. IIIT, Race 9, 4:37 p.m.), 3-year-olds, 1 1/16 Miles (Turf)
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