A field of seven will compete for $175,000 in Keeneland’s Grade 2 Commonwealth Stakes. The 7-furlong race is the 9th on Keeneland’s Saturday card and the second of four scheduled graded stakes.
The 9-5 morning-line favorite is the Christophe Clement trained runner Right One. The grandson of Danzig won the Grade 3 Jaipur Stakes at seven furlongs on the Belmont turf last July. He finished a neck behind Turallure who finished second by a neck to Data Link in Keeneland’s Maker’s 46 Mile on Friday. Right One's last seven starts have been on the turf, so a switch to the Polytrack, which often appears favorable to turf runners, shouldn’t be a problem. Right One will break from post two under jockey Garrett Gomez.
The other graded stakes winner in the field is Michael Stidham’s Comedero. He won the Grade 3 Chick Lang Stakes at Pimlico in 2010 and has 11 wins in 18 starts, 10 of which were ungraded stakes. Comedero won his last race, the Nodouble Breeders Stakes, at Oaklawn Park by 3 ½ lengths. The son of Posse turned in a sharp work earlier this week going five furlongs in a quick :58 and change over the Keeneland Polytrack. Comedero will break from the rail under jockey James Graham.
Third choice on the morning line at 3-1, Lonesome Street, may be a bit lonesome for the winner’s circle. The Mike Maker runner has four wins in 23 lifetime starts with his last victory coming in the J. Kenneth Self Shelby County Boys and Girls Club Stakes at Indiana Downs last June. In his last, the Colonel Power Stakes at the Fair Grounds in February, he finished fifth behind second place finisher Chamberlain Bridge, winner of the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. With three consecutive bullet works, Lonesome Street appears ready to take his spot in the winner’s circle. Jockey Joel Rosario will be aboard when the colt breaks from post 5.
Plutonium is making his first start for trainer Dale Romans. The son of Monarchos enters the race off an 8 ¼ length win in the ungraded Dust Commander Stakes at Turfway Park. He earned a Brisnet speed figure of 103 in the one mile race. The five-year-old has seven wins in 25 lifetime starts. At odds of 10-1, he may add value to the exotics.
Rounding out the field of seven are El Gran Sol, Phillipe, and Bergerac.
The race is the 9th on Keeneland’s card with a scheduled post time of 5:13 p.m. It can be seen on TVG.
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