Bobby Frankel, who took the Jenny Wiley (gr. III) Thursday with Tates Creek, sends out Aldebaran in Sunday's $250,000 added Commonwealth Breeders' Cup (gr. II) at Keeneland. The seven-furlong contest is open to three-year-olds and up.
Aldebaran is a four-year-old son of Mr. Prospector who has hit the board in all 10 of his career starts. In his 2002 debut, he was a facile three-length winner at Santa Anita March 25. Aldebaran won the Nassau Handicap at Belmont last October and then finished third in the Hollywood Derby (gr. I).
Fellow Californian Bob Hess Jr. ships D'Wildcat in to contest the Commonwealth. The four-year-old Forest Wildcat colt was brilliant in a smashing victory in the Swale Stakes last year at Gulfstream. He was injured after that race, and his March 2 comebacker was a runner-up effort to Crafty C.T. in a Santa Anita allowance tilt.
Dancing Missile has speed and could be the best local hope in the race. The Canaveral colt faded to fourth in the Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Sprint Handicap (gr. II) after setting the pace.
The field for the Commonwealth Breeders' Cup in post position order with riders:
Twilight Road (Rene Douglas)
Orientate (Pat Day)
Dancing Missile (Craig Perret)
Binthebest (Jon Court)
Red's Honor (Robbie Albarado)
Aldebaran (Kent Desormeaux)
D'Wildcat (Corey Nakatani)