WinStar Farm's homebred 3-year-old colt Commissioner made a big move forward Friday at Gulfstream Park with sharp first-level allowance score going nine furlongs.
Trained by Todd Pletcher, the son of A.P. Indy out of the multiple stakes winner Flaming Heart came between horses in the stretch to win by a neck in 1:50.72.
“It was a good educational trip,” Pletcher said. “It was a big effort. It was his first race since Saratoga (on Aug. 28). He’s a big powerful horse. He’s still improving, still learning to run. He’s still learning to finish and focus, so I think there’s room for improvement.”
“We’re pretty pleased with (the effort) – a horse with a big pedigree like that, good looking,” Pletcher continued. “It seems like he has all the right ingredients (to be a Kentucky Derby horse).”
Pletcher said the February 22 Fountain of Youth S. (G2), also at Gulfstream, could be Commissioner's next start.