11/24/2015 6:34PM

Commissioner to WinStar Farm in 2016

Barbara D. Livingston
Grade 3 winner Commissioner will stand his debut season at WinStar Farm in Kentucky next year.

Commissioner, a Grade 3 winner and narrow runner-up in the 2014 Belmont Stakes, will make his debut at stud in 2016 at WinStar Farm in Versailles, Ky., following a planned final start in the Grade 2 Hawthorne Gold Cup.

The 4-year-old son of A.P. Indy will stand for an advertised fee of $7,500, and will participate in WinStar’s “Dream Big” program, which offers breeders the opportunity to earn a lifetime breeding right after producing two live foals from his first books.

Commissioner, a Kentucky-bred WinStar Farm homebred, has won 4 of 14 starts for earnings of $812,237, highlighted by wins in the Grade 3 Pimlico Special and Skip Away stakes. He also finished second in the Belmont Stakes and was in the money in the Grade 2 Peter Pan Stakes and Grade 3 Sunland Derby. Todd Pletcher has trained the colt throughout his career.

“Commissioner has always been one of our favorites from the time he was born,” said Elliott Walden, WinStar president and CEO. “We bred him to win a classic, and he nearly pulled it off when Tonalist nailed him at the wire in the Belmont.

“Commissioner is such an exceptional-looking individual and full of the class that his genetics suggest,” Walden continued. “He has a similar race profile to A.P. Indy stallions Flatter and Congrats. We believe he’s a great opportunity through our ‘Dream Big’ program, and, really, the last chance to participate in an A.P. Indy.”

Commissioner is out of the Grade 3-placed stakes-winning Touch Gold mare Flaming Heart, whose four winners from five foals to race also includes Laugh Track, a Grade 3 winner and Breeders’ Cup Sprint runner-up.

Marc Estrich More than 1 year ago
Commissioner, who Pletcher said “had a great trip” while on the lead in the Belmont.... "I don’t think this Belmont was particularly good. It was very strangely run, with the plodding Commissioner setting the pace",.....M.Watchmaker.......and he did get an unbelievable trip in the Belmont falling out on the lead and then letting his pedigree take over. I think a couple of his later races validated his good Belmont 2nd. I am, however, grateful that Jockey Espinoza did not have too many decisions to make in this Triple Crown run. He got away with a Ronnie Franklin/Spectacular Bid trip in the KY Derby(keep him wide and DON'T let him get stopped!!!), and easy trips in the Preakness & Belmont. I still think if Victor put CC on the lead in the Belmont...back to back triple crowns!! Of course Victor does not read the Form ahead of races but no other jock recognized COMMISSIONER is on THE LEAD!!! and attempted to challenge him until Tonalist 20 yards from the wire.