Mr. Misunderstood in the paddock ahead of his Jefferson Cup victory Sept. 30 at Churchill Downs

Mr. Misunderstood in the paddock ahead of his Jefferson Cup victory Sept. 30 at Churchill Downs

Ryan Thompson

Mr. Misunderstood Seeks Graded Win in Commonwealth Turf

Son of Archarcharch unbeaten in six turf efforts.

Flurry Racing Stables' Mr. Misunderstood will attempt to remain unbeaten on turf as he headlines a field of eight 3-year-olds in the $100,000 Commonwealth Turf Stakes (G3T) Nov. 11 at Churchill Downs.

Trained by Brad Cox, Mr. Misunderstood was victorious by 2 3/4 lengths in the Sept. 30 Jefferson Cup Stakes last time out at Churchill Downs as the 6-5 favorite. The 3-year-old Archarcharch gelding is undefeated in six starts on turf, including his last three starts in listed stakes, and boasts an overall record of 7-1-0 from 11 starts and $304,554 in earnings.

"He's turned into a very nice horse on the turf," said assistant trainer Jorje Abrego. "I breezed him (Saturday) morning and he did everything easily (four furlongs in :47 3/5). I don't know if he's the type of horse to jump up into grade 1s yet, but if we keep spotting him right, he'll pick up solid paydays."

Chief among Mr. Misunderstood's rivals is Jefferson Cup third-place finisher Giant Payday, owned by Lothenbach Stables. One of two entered in the Commonwealth Turf for trainer Ian Wilkes, the Giant's Causeway  colt prevailed in Canterbury Park's Aug. 26 Mystic Lake Derby. 

Wilkes' son-in-law Chris Landeros has the call, while Joe Rocco Jr. will ride stablemate Mr Cub following a fifth-place effort in the Jefferson Cup.

New to Kentucky is Chiefswood Stables' Canada-based Tiz a Slam. The Roger Attfield-trainee was the 3 1/4-length winner of the Oct. 15 Ontario Derby (G3) at Woodbine on the Tapeta 10 course over Holy Helena

A son of Tiznow , Tiz a Slam enters the Commonwealth Turf with a record of 4-2-0 from 11 starts and $469,147 in earnings, including a pair of victories on turf.

Hawthorne Derby winner My Bariley, American Derby (G3T) runner-up Gorgeous Kitten, Exacta Systems Dueling Grounds Derby runner-up Parlor, and Kentucky Downs maiden winner Sharm El Sheikh round out the field.

Entries: Commonwealth Turf S. (G3T)

Churchill Downs, Saturday, November 11, 2017, Race 10

  • Grade IIIT
  • 1 1/16m
  • Turf
  • $100,000
  • 3 yo
  • 5:36 PM (local)
11Sharm El Sheikh (KY)Ricardo Santana, Jr.118Murat Sancal50/1
22My Bariley (KY)Fernando De La Cruz120Anthony J. Granitz15/1
33Mr Cub (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJoseph Rocco, Jr.118Ian R. Wilkes6/1
44Parlor (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJulien R. Leparoux118Eddie Kenneally6/1
55Gorgeous Kitten (KY)Corey J. Lanerie118Michael J. Maker8/1
66Mr. Misunderstood (KY)Florent Geroux120Brad H. Cox4/5
77Tiz a Slam (ON)Robby Albarado118Roger L. Attfield8/1
88Giant Payday (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateChris Landeros120Ian R. Wilkes5/1