Commentator Leaves Little To Be Said

by Ed Meyer

posted on September 22, 2008 in Breeders Cup, General Discussion, News | No Comments >>

At historic Suffolk Downs on Saturday, a towering giant came to town. His name is Commentator, and for a name as such, he did his talking on the track that day.

He rolled to a 14 length victory in the Massachusetts Handicap. On paper he looked the part, and when they opened the gates, he left no doubt. It was his fourth win in five starts this year. The race was part of the Win and You’re In Challenge. That means he earned a spot in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. Actually he had already stamped his dance card by winning the Whitney at Saratoga.

The big question is whether Nick Zito will decide to run him on the synthetic surface in California. Zito didn’t speak on what his plans were to be, and was going to go back and see how Commentator came out of the race. All along he has not been a big believer in the surface.

I think Nick would like to run, but all systems are going to be humming like a well oiled machine before he pulls the trigger. But we have 4 weeks and counting to see if the old boy will make his way to the big dance.

You really can’t squabble with Zito. If he feels a bit hesitant on making his next start in the Breeders’ Cup, there must be a reason. This 7-year-old New York bred son of Distorted Humor is a gamer, and there is no doubt about that. But only time will tell if this guy will be sent. After watching the race, my first thought would be to make reservations. But I think we have to patiently listen to Zito. This is a lot of money on the table, and if he feels like there is a reason not to go, we must respect his feelings.