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Commissioner Makes Final Move for FOY


By Dick Downey

Commissioner put in his final breeze for Saturday's Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth on Sunday morning, going four furlongs in :49.10 (30/55) at Palm Meadows Training Center.

John Velazquez handled the fourth work for Commissioner since his Jan. 3 allowance win going 1 1/8 mile at Gulfstream Park. It was his second win at the distance, the first one coming last summer at Saratoga.

“He went well,” said Todd Pletcher. “We had a couple of good five-eighths in him prior to this, so we were just looking for a maintenance half. He seemed to be moving well, and everything is on target for the Fountain of Youth.

"It’s kind of rare that you have one that’s already won twice at a mile and an eighth this time of year,” Pletcher said. “I think he’s gotten a little more handy as time has gone on. He’s going to be able to position himself in a race where it won’t be too big of a disadvantage backing up to a mile and a sixteenth. In his case, we’d actually prefer that the Fountain of Youth was a mile and an eighth like it was for a little while there. Physically, he’s doing well. He looks great.”

Other 3YO Males on Sunday Worktab at Palm Meadows for Pletcher

All in Blue breezed four in :50:50 (48/55) at PMM.
Anchor Down breezed five in 1:01.30 (12/32) at PMM.
Constitution breezed four in :47:95 (2/55) at PMM.
Danza breezed five in 1:02.70 (23/32) at PMM.
Edison breezed five in 1:02.90 (25/32) at PMM.
Harpoon breezed four in :48.05 (6/55) at PMM.
Intense Holiday breezed four in :48.75 (14/55) at PMM.          
King Cyrus breezed five in 1.01:55 (13/32) at PMM.
Matterhorn breezed four in :48:75 (14/55) at PMM.
Monopolize breezed five in 1.01:70 (14/32) at PMM.
Surfing U S A breezed four in :48.65 (13/55) at PMM.
Vinceremos breezed four in :49.30 (35/55) at PMM.
We Miss Artie breezed four in :48.00 (3/55) at PMM.

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