Commonwealth Turf Cup

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The Commonwealth Turf Cup is an American Thoroughbred horse race held each year since 2015 at Laurel Park in Laurel, Maryland. It was previously known as the Colonial Turf Cup when it was held at Colonial Downs race track in New Kent County, Virginia. It is raced on turf at a distance of one mile and is open to horses aged three years old and up. The current purse is $200,000.

Commonwealth Turf Cup
LocationLaurel Park
Laurel, Maryland
Race typeThoroughbredFlat racing
Race information
Distance1 mile
QualificationThree-year-olds and up
WeightAllowance conditions
Purse$200,000 (2016)[1]

In 2009, the race was upgraded from a Grade III to a Grade II event.[2] In 2011, the race changed its conditions to allow entry of older horses. This change caused the race to lose its graded status until 2013, when it again became a Grade II event.

From 2005 to 2013, the race was run at 1+316 miles. For the 2015 renewal, the distance was shortened to 1+18 miles, and in 2016 to 1 mile.[1]


Fastest time:

Most wins by an owner:

  • 1 – No owner has won the Colonial Turf Cup more than once

Most wins by a jockey:

  • 1 – No jockey has won the Colonial Turf Cup more than once

Most wins by a Trainer:

  • 2 – Todd Pletcher (2005, 2012)

Winners of the Commonwealth Turf CupEdit

Time Grade
2016 Blacktype 5 Trevor McCarthy Christophe Clement Jump Sucker Stable 1 1:33.43 II
2015 Mr. Speaker 3 José Ortiz Shug McGaughey Phipps Stable 1-1/8 1:47.30 II
2014 Race not held
2013 London Lane 6 Horatio Karamanos Lawrence Murray Howard M. Bender 1-3/16 1:55.40 II
2012 Turbo Compressor 4 Joe Bravo Todd A. Pletcher P & G Stable 1-3/16 1:55.00
2011 Rahystrada 7 Sheldon Russell Byron Hughes Robert Courtney 1-3/16 1:54.68
2010 Paddy O'Prado 3 Kent Desormeaux Dale Romans Donegal Racing 1-3/16 1:54.20 II
2009 Battle of Hastings 3 Tyler Baze Jeff Mullins Michael House 1-3/16 1:57.79 II
2008 Sailor's Cap 3 Alan Garcia James J. Toner Team Valor International 1-3/16 2:04.42 III
2007 Summer Doldrums 3 Jose Lezcano Richard A. Violette Jr. Klaravich Stables 1-3/16 1:55.68 III
2006 Showing Up 3 Cornelio Velásquez Barclay Tagg Lael Stables 1-3/16 1:52.98
2005 English Channel 3 John Velazquez Todd Pletcher James T. Scatuorchio 1-3/16 1:56:37


  1. ^ a b "Commonwealth Turf Cup Profile". Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  2. ^ Six New Grade I Races for 2009 –