07/27/2008 12:00AM

Zito eyes Mass Cap for Commentator


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Trainer Nick Zito said the Massachusetts Handicap at Suffolk Downs could be the next stop for Commentator, the amazing 7-year-old gelding who dominated Saturday's Grade 1 Whitney Handicap at Saratoga.

The Massachusetts Handicap, once one of the most prestigious handicap races in the country, offers a purse of $500,000 and will be run on Sept. 20.

“The timing is good and the distance of a mile and one-eighth is obviously good,” Zito said early Sunday morning. “I can't get a two-turn race for him at a mile and one-eighth at Belmont Park.”

Zito also cited the recent announcement by Suffolk Downs owner Richard Fields of taking a zero tolerance stand against horse slaughter commerce at his racetrack as another reason he'd like to send Commentator to Boston for the Mass Cap.

“I like what Richard Fields does for horses,” said Zito. “The owners of Suffolk Downs are humanitarians and are doing what they can to rescue horses, and I believe strongly in what they are trying to accomplish.”

The Mass Cap, like the Whitney, is a Breeders' Cup Win and You're In race, giving the winner a berth in the BC Classic.