Woodford Racing’s Hot Springs (Uncle Mo) tops a short, but sweet field in the GIII Commonwealth Turf S. at Churchill Downs Saturday. Scoring back-to-back victories over the local turf in June, the $750,000 KEESEP buy was second in the GIII Kent S. at Delaware July 14. Fourth in the GIII Saranac S. at Saratoga Sept. 1, the bay took his record over the Churchill lawn to three-for-three last time with a one-length success in the Jefferson Cup S. Sept. 29.
Winner of the Toronto Cup on the grass at Woodbine July 28, March to the Arch (Arch) was third in the Saranac and checked in fourth at the GII Hill Prince S. at Belmont Oct. 6. His trainer Mike Maker also sends out Sniper Kitten (Kitten’s Joy). A second out graduate on the Gulfstream lawn in March, the homebred captured an allowance at Keeneland in April and the Mystic Lake Derby at Canterbury June 23. Fading to 10th in the GI Secretariat S. Aug. 11, the bay was sixth in the Caesars S. at Indiana last time Sept. 5.