Churchill Downs: Trademark wins off-the-turf Commonwealth

Churchill Downs: Trademark wins off-the-turf Commonwealth
Photo: Churchill Downs / Coady Photography

Trademark collared pacesetter Fighter in the Win into the final turn, turned back a challenge from Stolen Base at the top of the stretch and drew off late to win the off-the-grass, 17th running of the $300,000 Commonwealth Turf by four lengths Sunday at Churchill Downs.

Sunday’s closing-day feature was transferred from the turf to the sloppy dirt track because of rain in Louisville, Ky.

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Trademark, a 3-year-old gelding who was scratched out of Friday’s Clark (G1) vs. elders in favor of this race, ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:46.39 to collect his first career stakes win. Martin Garcia rode the winner for trainer Vicki Oliver.

Long shot Fighter in the Win was the quickest from the gate and set fractions of 23.61 and 47.48 seconds as Trademark tracked about a length behind. Fighter in the Win gave way with three furlongs to run, and Trademark dragged Garcia to the front. Stolen Base came within 1 1/2 lengths of Trademark leaving the turn for home, but Trademark was much the best in the slog. The rest finished well back.

“This horse does some of his best running when he’s outside of horses,” Garcia said. “Up the backside I kept him out of trouble. Around the turn you could tell I had a lot of horse left.

Trademark is a son of Upstart out of the Creative Cause mare Creative Trick and was bred in Kentucky by Brereton Jones. The four-time winner returned $9.12, $4.14 and $3.48 as the 7-2 second betting choice in the field of six 3-year-olds. Stolen Base, with Luis Saez up, paid $6.22 and $4.04. Red Danger, ridden by Julien Leparoux, finished another 11 3/4 lengths back in third and returned $4.48.

Actuator, Fighter in the Win and Play Action Pass completed the order of finish in that order. Running Bee, Mount Rundle, Ready to Purrform, Portfolio Company and Barberini were scratched.

Trademark netted $183,450 for owner Ann Braxton Lynch’s BBN Racing and boasts career earnings of $463,689 from a record of 13: 4-1-0.

“I was happy Martin sort of took him off the early pace up the backside,” Oliver said. “We always knew the Commonwealth would be an option, but the Clark was coming up a short field. So we entered him in both spots to keep our options open.”

The Commonwealth Turf carried a Grade 3 designation before it was moved to the main track.

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