Commentator Preps for Whitney 3-Peat
Monday, June 15, 2009

Commentator (by Distorted Humor) rolled to an easy win June 12 at Belmont Park, beating Stud Muffin by seven lengths in the $64,950 Kashatreya Stakes.

The 8-year-old gelding sprinted quickly to the front and led all the way in the race for New York breds. A winner of over $1.9 million, Commentator is unbeaten in six races against state breds.

This was the easiest spot the 1-5 favorite faced in two years, and he took full advantage. John Velazquez was aboard for trainer Nick Zito as Commentator ran the one mile on the muddy track in 1:35.65. Overall, he improved to 14-for-23, with many of those victories coming in much tougher graded stakes.

Commentator paid $2.40 and $2.10. Stud Muffin returned $2.40. Joe Corrigan was third. There was no show wagering on the five-horse race.

Zito said he was using the race as a prep for the Whitney Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga on Aug. 8. Commentator will be trying to win the Whitney for the third time.

“Now, it’s seven and half, eight weeks to the Whitney," Zito said. "Let me see how he does because I might even squeeze something in between, maybe a month before. If not, we’ll wait the eight weeks.

“At Charles Town (Classic, April 18, fourth-place finish), he hadn’t run in five or six months. And those turns, I think he thought the race was over. He got tired going around that bull ring.”
American Anthem full of heart in San Carlos S. (G2) victory title=
Bodemeister

American Anthem full of heart in San Carlos S. (G2) victory

American Anthem and St. Joe Bay staged a thrilling stretch duel in Saturday's $250,000 San Carlos S. (G2), with American Anthem coming out on top...

[read more]

Dark Artist collects second straight stakes win in Monmouth's Open Mind S. title=
Paynter

Dark Artist collects second straight stakes win in Monmouth's Open Mind S.

Paynter's up-and-coming 3-year-old filly Dark Artist tallied her second stakes win in a month in the $60,000 Open Mind S. at Monmouth Park...

[read more]

Bodemeister filly proves best in Santa Lucia S. title=
Bodemeister

Bodemeister filly proves best in Santa Lucia S.

Yuvetsi surged past Vale Dori (ARG) at the top of the Santa Anita Park stretch en route to a 2 1/2-length win in Friday's $75,000 Santa Lucia S...

[read more]

Justify makes history with Belmont S. (G1) win title=

Justify makes history with Belmont S. (G1) win

Justify certified his place in racing immortality when he won 150th Belmont S. (G1), defeating Gronkowski by nearly to length to become the 13th winner of the historic Triple Crown...

[read more]

King Humor rules in the Ocala Flame S. title=
Distorted Humor

King Humor rules in the Ocala Flame S.

Undefeated King Humor quickly recovered after a slow start to lead nearly the entire way in the $75,000 Ocala Flame S. on June 7 at Gulfstream Park, ultimately winning by a half-length. The 3-year-old Distorted Humor colt is now three-for-three lifetime, with all three of his wins coming at Gulfstream for owner Heczor Investments Corp. and trainer Victor Barboza, Jr. The chestnut colt's earnings stand at $101,235. A bit tardy at the break, King Humor rushed to the lead soon after. Zipping through the first half-mile in :44.98, he dug in gamely in the stretch to hold off Powerful Venezuela to earn his first stakes victory. The Kentucky-bred winner is the second foal out of the Pleasant Tap mare Taptam, a six-time stakes winner who also placed in the Apple Blossom H. (G1). Distorted Humor is the sire of 145 lifetime stakes winners and 67 graded stakes winners worldwide. This year, his runners have earned nearly $3 million to date and won or placed in 11 stakes.

[read more]

Justify draws post 1 for Belmont S. (G1) title=

Justify draws post 1 for Belmont S. (G1)

Justify's Triple Crown quest in Saturday's Belmont S. (G1) will begin from the inside post position in the field of 10 3-year-olds going the 1 ½-mile “Test of Champions”...

[read more]

Justify has final pre-Belmont S. (G1) workout title=

Justify has final pre-Belmont S. (G1) workout

Justify completed his major prep work for the June 9 Belmont S. (G1) with a five-furlong breeze on Monday morning at Churchill Downs...

[read more]

Mr Paytience trounces foes in TDN Rising Star performance title=
Paynter

Mr Paytience trounces foes in TDN Rising Star performance

Mr Paytience's victory in a maiden special weight contest Sunday at Santa Anita Park was one of the most dynamic wins for a 2-year-old thus far this year...

[read more]

Gallant Catholic Boy prevails in Pennine Ridge S. (G3) title=
More Than Ready

Gallant Catholic Boy prevails in Pennine Ridge S. (G3)

Catholic Boy made one of the most remarkable comebacks of the year in Saturday's Pennine Ridge S. (G3) at Belmont Park...

[read more]

Undefeated Tiznow filly scores first stakes win title=
Tiznow

Undefeated Tiznow filly scores first stakes win

Sirenusa ran her record to a perfect 3-for-3 three with a three-length score in the Northbound Pride Oaks on Memorial Day at Canterbury Park...

[read more]