Lonesome Street and jockey Joel Rosario took advantage of a hotly contested early pace to rally from last to first for a decisive victory in the $175,000 Commonwealth Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland April 14 (VIDEO).
As expected, Comedero jumped out to the early lead under James Graham but was soon joined by Plutonium and Kent Desormeaux. Those two vied for the lead as they sizzled in early fractions of :22.42 for the first quarter mile and :44.85 for the half.
Turning for home, the field began to close on the leaders. Rosario hustled Lonesome Street from last in the seven-horse field on the outside for a stretch rally, while joined by slight favorite Bergerac and Right One. With six furlongs completed in 1:09.32, Lonesome Street soon took the lead and drew off to win by 2 1/4 lengths in final time of 1:21.17, not far off the track record of 1:20.86 for seven furlongs over Keeneland’s Polytrack main surface.
A 5-year-old son of Broken Vow —Street Cat, by Storm Cat, Lonesome Street is trained by Mike Maker for Ken and Sarah Ramsey. He was bred in Kentucky by Jon and Sarah Kelly.
With the victory, Lonesome Street improved to 5-5-3 in 24 lifetime starts, with earnings of $358,585.
In two previous 2012 starts, Lonesome Street had finished fifth in consecutive turf stakes at Fair Grounds. In the second of those efforts, the Feb. 25 Colonel Power Stakes at 5 1/2 furlongs, Lonesome Street rallied from 10th in the 11-horse field to finish only 1 3/4 lengths behind winner Country Day.
Maker said Lonesome Street was better suited to the Commonwealth distance than that of the Colonel Power.
“I think the seven-eighths (of a mile distance) probably suits him more than the five-eighths,” said the trainer, adding that “last time he got hung out pretty wide and still ran a credible race.”
The trainer said plans for the horse are uncertain.
“I thought they were going a little quick early,” said Rosario. “This horse likes to make one move. When I asked him, he just takes off, so that was great.”
“It was a good run,” said trainer Chad Brown of Bergerac’s effort. “He (jockey Javier Castellano) had him in good position throughout.”