Updated on 09/17/2011 11:17AM

Smooth Jazz wins 'Commonwealth'

Smooth Jazz ($16.00) wins the Commonwealth Breeders' Cup Stakes at Keeneland on Sunday.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Smooth Jazz sped straight to the front from his inside post, then easily rebuffed a midstretch challenge from heavily favored Crafty C.T. when capturing the $273,750 at Keeneland Sunday.

Smooth Jazz returned $16 after finishing seven furlongs in 1:21.73 over a fast track. A 4-year-old colt by Storm Boot, Smooth Jazz was ridden by Edgar Prado, who completed a sensational Keeneland weekend, having won the track's signature race, the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, aboard Peace Rules the previous day.

"This race was a piece of cake," said Prado. "We just went straight to the front and didn't look back."

Crafty C.T., the 4-5 favorite, finished three lengths behind Smooth Jazz and another 6 1/4 lengths ahead of Multiple Choice. Then came Binthebest, Speed Hunter, Roman Dancer, and Najran.

Smooth Jazz, owned by Michael Tabor and trained by Todd Pletcher, won his first two career starts to briefly come under consideration for the 2002 Kentucky Derby, but after a poor effort in the Florida Derby, Pletcher has kept him exclusively in one-turn races. The Grade 2 Commonwealth marks the first graded win for Smooth Jazz and his fifth from 11 overall starts.

Earlier Sunday, trainer Bobby Frankel and jockey Jerry Bailey teamed to win the $113,300 with favored Sea of Showers ($6.20), who finished 1 1/4 lengths ahead of Magic Mission. Snow Dance was third, another neck back, in a field of 10 filly and mare turf runners.

The Grade 3 Jenny Wiley keeps Sea of Showers, a 4-year-old Seattle Slew filly owned by Flaxman Holdings Ltd., unbeaten in three U.S. starts. Frankel also won the Jenny Wiley last year with Tates Creek.

Frankel and Bailey also teamed to win the last race, a $59,000 allowance for older turf horses, with Epicentre ($3.80), a promising Juddmonte Farms homebred who was making his U.S. debut.