01/29/2011 5:40PM

Oaklawn: Commander's prep for Southwest


The upcoming seventh race at Oaklawn Park could produce some starters for the 3-year-old stakes program. The first-level allowance will be run over a mile and a sixteenth and Commander, who is a candidate for the Grade 3, $250,000 Southwest Stakes here Feb. 21, could go favored. He was beaten a neck in a highly-rated allowance won by Alternation here Jan. 15. Commander's trainer, Larry Jones, said the horse would most likely come back in the Southwest.

"Commander doesn’t put a lot into his training,” he said of stout colt who weighs in the neighborhood of 1,200 pounds. “He doesn’t ever overexert himself in the mornings, and he’s going to be a horse that probably, we’re going to race a little more often than what most derby contenders appear to race.

“We’re going to race him into this. We’re not going to sit and candy-coat it. We’re going back to the old-fashioned. He reminds me of an old-fashioned horse. He’s a big-boned horse-just a little bit lazier-and we’re going to keep him running.”


Commander won his maiden in a two-turn race at Delaware Park in his career debut Sept. 1.