Todd Pletcher-trained Commissioner is training forwardly for his
scheduled stakes debut in the $400,000 Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth
(G2) at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 22.
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“We’re very pleased with him,” Pletcher said. “Physically, he’s in
great order. He holds his weight well. He’s a very easy horse to
train.”The 3-year-old son of A.P. Indy is scheduled to breeze at Palm
Meadows, Gulfstream’s satellite training center in Boynton Beach, Sunday
in preparation for the 1 1/16-mile prep for the $1 million Besilu
Stables Florida Derby (G1) on March 29 and the Kentucky Derby (G1) on
May 3. It will be his fourth breeze since his sensational 2014 debut.
The WinStar Farm homebred colt, who had opened his career with a
second-place finish at Monmouth and a 1 1/8-mile maiden-breaker at
Saratoga last summer, came back from a long layoff to prevail again at
the 1 1/8-mile distance at Gulfstream on Jan. 3. Commissioner stalked
the pace before taking over the lead in the stretch and holding off Top
Billing by a neck. The Shug McGaughey-trained Top Billing came back to
register an eye-catching last-to-first allowance win on Jan.
“For him to win a mile-and-an-eighth race off a layoff against a
top-quality field and Top Billing coming back to win impressively really
flatters the race,” said Pletcher, who teamed with WinStar Farm for a
Kentucky Derby win in 2010 with Super Saver.