Commando, c. 1901
|Owner||James R. Keene|
|Trainer||James G. Rowe, Sr.|
|Commando is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Emma C. by Domino. He was born around 1898 in the United States, and was bred by Castleton Stud.|
Zephyr Stakes (1900)|
Montauk Stakes (1900)
Junior Champion Stakes (1900)
Belmont Stakes (1901)
Carlton Stakes (1901)
U.S. Champion 2-Yr-Old Colt (1900)|
United States Horse of the Year (1900 & 1901)
U.S. Champion 3-Yr-Old Colt (1901)
Leading sire in North America (1907)
|United States Racing Hall of Fame (1988)|
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
|Last updated on February 4, 2007|
Commando (1898–1905) was an American Hall of Fame Champion Thoroughbred racehorse. Bred at Castleton Stud by owner James R. Keene, Commando raced at age two, winning five of his six starts and finishing second in the other as a result of jockey error. At age three, Commando raced only three times, winning the Belmont Stakes and the Carlton Stakes. Although he finished second, an injury in the Lawrence Realization Stakes ended his racing career.
Retired to stand at stud at Castleton Farm, Commando proved to be a successful sire. Unfortunately he died on March 13, 1905 at age seven after developing tetanus from a cut sustained to his foot. He was buried at Castleton Farm. Although his breeding career was limited to four seasons, Commando produced 10 stakes winners from 27 foals and posthumously topped the U.S. sire list in 1907. Among his progeny were Hall of Fame champions Colin and Peter Pan.
Following its creation, in 1956 Commando was inducted posthumously into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. A painting of Commando by equine artist Charles L. Zellinsky is on display as part of the Museum's collection.