Commentator Sidelined Until Next Year

Commentator Sidelined Until Next Year
Photo: NYRA/Adam Coglianese
Whitney winner Commentator will miss the rest of this season.
Tracy Farmer's grade I winner Commentator, who owns two of the year's fastest Beyer Speed Figures, has been taken out of training after re-aggravating a shin injury. The decision to rest the 4-year-old Distorted Humor   gelding and re-fire the injured area was made following an examination by Dr. Larry Bramlage of Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital and Dr. Joseph Migliacci, the attending veterinarian at Saratoga. Commentator, who was well beaten by Saint Liam in the Sept. 10 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park, will remain with trainer Nick Zito.

The original injury that sent Commentator to the sidelines earlier this year was discovered following his unplaced finish in the Hal's Hope Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park in January.

Commentator returned to racing June 29 at Belmont Park and won an optional claiming race by 16 1/2 lengths while registering a 121 Beyer. In his next start, he beat odds-on favorite Saint Liam in the Aug. 6 Whitney Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga. His 123 Beyer achieved from that effort is the co-highest of the year.

Commentator, who was produced from the Storm Bird mare Outsource, has won seven of nine starts and earned $710,092. He is expected to return to racing next year.

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