The Commonwealth Stakes is a race for Thoroughbred horses run at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky each year. The race is open to horses age three and up willing to race seven furlongs on the polytrack.
A Grade II event, it offers a purse of $250,000. $150,000 is provided by Keeneland and $100,000 comes from the Breeders' Cup. The Commonwealth is one of three races at Keeneland that derives a portion of its purse from the Breeders' Cup.
The fastest time at current distance: 1:20 2/5, run in 1998 by Distorted Humor.
Read more about Commonwealth Stakes: Past Winners
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—William Empson (19061984)
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—Elizabeth I (15331603)