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2009 Whitney Handicap and Test Stakes

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Third place finisher Commentator
Third place finisher Commentator

Third place finisher Commentator runs out after the finish of the 2009 Whitney Handicap at Saratoga

© Cindy Pierson Dulay
Jockey John Velazquez said, "It was just a little too fast for him. We had those two horses chasing the whole way and it just didn't work out for us. I think there's plenty left in (Commentator). He was sharp enough to get out away from the other horses but the pace was just too fast. My horse is ready to run. You saw how quick he was into that first turn; he was ready, the pace just didn't help us. That's all. I'd say run him more. Maybe because he didn't win, a lot of people will disagree, but I thought he ran a great race."

Trainer Nick Zito added, "Father Time catches up to everyone. He tried. He gave it everything he had. There were a lot of great trainers and a lot of great horses in the race. I wish we could have done things a little differently leading up to the race. We were playing catch up. He was coming off two months off after a New York-bred race. Bullsbay always runs a good race. It's up to (owners) Mr. and Mrs. (Tracy) Farmer, but it is my wish to retire him."

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