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Keeneland: Handsome Mike takes Grade 3 Commonwealth
By Marty McGee
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The team that made history last May in Kentucky returned nearly a year later to wow another big crowd, this time taking the Grade 3 Commonwealth Stakes on the Blue Grass Stakes undercard Saturday at Keeneland.
Owner Paul Reddam, trainer Doug O’Neill, and jockey Mario Gutierrez – the same combination that won the 2012 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs with I’ll Have Another – were the winning connections when Handsome Mike got a terrific outside trip to capture the 27th running of the $175,000 Commonwealth Stakes.
Always prominent and in the clear after breaking from the outside post in a field of five older horses, Handsome Mike edged away from Gantry in the final furlong of the Commonwealth, winning by 1 1/4 lengths and breaking a five-race losing streak in the process. The 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt returned $9.40 as the fourth choice after finishing seven furlongs in 1:23.14 over Polytrack.
“It was a perfect trip,” Gutierrez said. “He broke really good. He was running comfortable the whole way. I waited as much as I could. He responded, and we got the win.”
Neither Reddam nor O’Neill was on hand.
Gantry, ridden by Richard Eramia, finished another 1 1/2 lengths in front of Candyman E. Completing the order of finish were Bind and Bernie the Maestro, the 2-1 favorite. Big Blue Spirit was an early scratch.
Handsome Mike, by Scat Daddy, had been unproductive since winning the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby last September, finishing no better than fourth in his five subsequent tries, all of them at a distance. He now has won 3 of 16 career starts and earned $880,530.
The $2 exacta (6-1) paid $38.40, the $1 trifecta (6-1-2) returned $58.90, and the 10-cent superfecta (6-1-2-3) was worth $13.37.
Yeah Mario! Our "Vancouver" guy!
Its funny how horses seem to run so much better when they're placed in realistic spots where they can actually win
Payouts at Keeneland are terrible.
I love how people put Mario, down all the time. Truth be told he is one of the classiest and strongest finishers around...... I wish him the best... He is a great rider...
Mike Beer and I had Handsome Mike, I love the cut back in distance and that was the difference.....
Congrats to HandsomeMike, Mario and Doug for a smooth win-again! Nice team for Reddam.
Good ride Mario....
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