Commonwealth Breeders' Cup S. (gr. II)

(gr. II , 7f ,)

LION TAMER (CH h, 122 lb) $167,555
Will's Way —Tippecanoe Creek , by Olympio
B—Paul Smith, KY.; O—Michael B. Tabor; T—Todd A. Pletcher

Private Horde (B h, 120 lb) $34,050
Brunswick —Manila Rose , by Manila
B—Billy Tucker, KY.; O—Billy R. Tucker; T—S. Joe Cain

Marino Marini (GR/RO h, 118 lb) $27,025
Storm Cat —Halo America , by Waquoit
B—John Franks, KY.; O—Rancho San Miguel and Clark, Tom; T—Doug F. O'Neill

Margins: ¾, ½, 2¼. Others: Scrimshaw 118($13,513) , Christine's Outlaw 118($8,107) , Saint Waki 118 . Winning Jockey, Mike E. Smith.

The barn of trainer Todd Pletcher had an all right day at Keeneland on April 10. He sent out the Michael Tabor-owned Lion Tamer to a three-quarter length win in the Commonwealth Breeders’ Cup Stakes (gr. II) and stablemate Limehouse finished third in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) for Cot Campbell’s Dogwood Stable.

Pletcher sent assistant Tristan Berry to Keeneland while he stayed in New York and saddled Forest Danger to a 73/4-length win in the Bay Shore Stakes (gr. III), and Strong Hope to a second-place finish in the Carter Handicap (gr. I). Pletcher’s Value Plus finished sixth in the Wood Memorial (gr. I).

Tabor privately purchased Lion Tamer from John Fort’s Peachtree Stable after the colt won an allowance race by 71/2 lengths in his 3-year-old debut. Fort originally purchased him for $180,000 at the 2001 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale from the consignment of Nardelli Sales, agent. Denali Stud, agent, consigned the colt as a weanling to the 2000 Keeneland November mixed sale where Springwood purchased him for $20,000.

Paul Smith bred Lion Tamer in Kentucky. He and his wife, Robin, own and operate River Run Training Center in Rembert, S.C., near Camden.

The Smiths bought and raced the dam of Lion Tamer, Tippecanoe Creek, in partnership with Wayne Harrision’s Twin Oaks Stable. The pair picked the mare from the 1996 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May select sale of 2-year-olds in training and paid $27,000 for her. Hart Farm, agent, consigned her to that sale.

The Smiths privately sold Tippecanoe Creek to the Hancock family’s Claiborne Farm after producing three foals. She produced a Polish Numbers filly for Claiborne last year. The mare was barren in 2004 to Seeking the Gold. Her 2002 Afternoon Deelites filly, Can’tstop Dreaming, was consigned by Denali Stud, agent, to the 2003 Fasig-Tipton New York Saratoga preferred yearling sale where Steven Young, agent, purchased her for $30,000.

Will’s Way is the sire of Lion Tamer and one other added-money winner. Will’s Way stands at Fred Seitz’ Brookdale Farm near Versailles, Ky. His 2004 fee is $5,000.—L.D.