2023 Commonwealth Turf Stakes Recap

Gigante puts in a gigantic performance as he trounces his rivals by four and a half lengths to win his third graded stakes. Here the 2023 Commonwealth Turf Stakes Recap!

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Commonwealth Turf Stakes

Grade 3 – Purse $300,000 – 1 mile 1/16 – Turf – 3-Year-Olds

After a raft of scratches late on, Northern Invader was sent off as the 4/6 chalk, but it was the Steve Asmussen-trained Gigante who emerged victorious as he romped to a four-and-a-half length win.

He had been a winner of the 2023 Caesars Handicap when a 33/1 shock winner and followed that later in the year by taking the 2023 Secretariat Stakes at Colonial Downs in August at another huge price of 22/1.

After this latest victory in the 2023 Commonwealth Turf Stakes, handicappers may start to take notice of this Steve Asmussen Colt.

This victory means the horse has now earned over $900,000 in purse money.

During the race, he stalked the pace and settled sweetly in fourth as Smokey Mandate, Wild Sean, and J.P. Race set the speed.

2023 Commonwealth Turf Stakes Race Video

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Machado moved his mount three wide into the stretch, and as J.P. Race faded, he snatched the lead from Smokey Mandate. Gigante stayed on strongly, widening his advantage to the wire for an easy win.

Northen Invader stayed on late for second, with Smokey Mandate in third and Winters Lion in fourth.

2023 Commonwealth Turf Stakes Race Payouts

HorseWinPlaceShow
1. Gigante$22.06$6.18$3.66
2. Northern Invader $2.56$2.10
3. Smokey Mandate  $2.90

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