Commentator has had an amazing horse racing career. At a time when most racehorses have either already retired or are heading that way, Commentator is still delivering magnificent performances and out smarting, out classing and out running many of his younger counterparts. As a horse racing athlete, Commentator has achieved more than most, and is now setting his sights on the Massachusetts Handicap that is taking place of 20 September 2008. With a field of six contenders to challenge his superiority, Commentator is the race favorite for the event.
The post positions for the $500 000 Massachusetts Handicap have been drawn and are as follows: Beck and Call (Jockey: Tammi Piermarini), Commentator (Jockey: John Velazquez), Won Awesome Dude (Jockey: Casey Lambert), Cuba (Jockey: Pedro Cotto), Volcanic Force (Jockey: Clifford Dooley), Dr Pleasure (Cornelio Velasquez) and Riversrunrylee (Pedro Gonzales). It is an event that is run over a distance of nine furlongs and is for horses aged three and older.
Commentator has won twelve of his nineteen career starts, and has won three of his four starts this year. He has earned over $1.5 million and is trained by the Hall of Fame trainer, Nick Zito. Injuries have plagued this phenomenal horse throughout his career, but he seems to come back better and stronger each time. The Massachusetts Handicap is run on a dirt track, which is a surface that Commentator is extremely comfortable on. He has already qualified for the Breeders Cup Classic, taking place at Santa Anita Park on the 25th of October 2008, by winning the 2008 Whitney Handicap. Winning on Saturday will only confirm yet again that Commentator is one of the best racehorses of our time. The winner of the Massachusetts Handicap will also automatically qualify for the Breeders Cup, but Nick Zito seems hesitant to run Commentator on the synthetic surface, as he is a great believer of conventional dirt racecourses.
At seven years old, Commentator has experience, speed and determination on his side and owner Tracy Farmer is confident that his horse will deliver a great performance on the weekend. Taking it one race at a time, retirement is always a possibility, but as long as he shows that he has the will to race, he will continue to grace the horse racing industry, and if he ever decides he has had enough, there is paddock on his owners farm that has been reserved exclusively for him.