THE PETER PAN STAKES
Now that the
smoke has cleared from the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby, it’s
back to normal business. This Saturday
will be the running of the Peter Pan Stakes(Grade II), going the distance of a
mile and a eighth around one turn at Belmont Park. A.P. Indy, Danzig Connection, and Coastal(to
name a few) have used this race to prep for a win in the Belmont Stakes. Let’s take a look at the players:
1 – FREEDOM CHILD(12-1,
Tr. Thomas Albertrani; Jy. Luis Saez) In this Malibu Moon ridgling’s
next-to-last effort, he broke his maiden on his fourth try, and was rewarded
with an appearance in the Wood Memorial.
Unfortunately, FC was unprepared for the start, and was declared a
non-starter. Trained by
Albertrani(better known for Bernardini fame), and reacquainted with jockey
Saez, he hopes to have a better account for himself in this race. Displayed some front running speed, which
would be beneficial in this one-turn 1 1/8 race. Might get a price.
2 – MY NAME IS
MICHAEL(10-1, Tr. William Mott; Jy. Junior Alvarado) The
last three races have had this son of Macho Uno in three graded races, but no “wow”
effort. Still looking for his place. Acquires new jockey for Mott, but have not
seen anything from this one to write home about.
3 – BATTIER(8-1, Tr.
Todd Pletcher; Jy. Joel Rosario) Despite winning four of his last five
races, the owners have decided to change trainers. Also in the change is hot jockey Rosario. Though the new connections are impressive,
this Tale of the Cat colt has been running against lesser competition, and has
shown nothing to merit any consideration.
4 – FEAR THE
KITTEN(12-1, Tr. Michael Maker; Jy. Rajiv Maragh) This son of Kitten’s Joy was on the
outside looking in, as an Also Eligible in last week’s Kentucky Derby. Trainer Maker has received a nod from jockey
Rajiv Maragh, but he has not shown anything to get gaga about.
5 – ABRAHAM(6-5, Tr.
Todd Pletcher; Jy. John Velazquez) His last two efforts have had him coming
up short in Grade III competition.
Despite only one win in four outings, the connections of this Distorted
Humor colt have high expectations. With
Velazquez returning to this charge, this has to please trainer Pletcher, since
JV is his No. 1 jockey. Have touted this
one before, so, if I’m on this one, be sure to get off.
6 – NARVAEZ(15-1, Tr.
Agustin Bezara; Jy. Cornelio Velasquez) Last two races for this Holy Bull gelding
were in the Illinois and Florida Derbies.
Ran 4th to Orb in the Florida Derby, but nothing stands
out. Did dead heat in an open claimer
against Peter Pan rival Declan’s Warrior. Velasquez, who has dropped out of the top
jockeys contingency, picks up the mount.
7 – SAINT VIGUER(6-1,
Tr. Chad Brown; Jy. Javier Castellano) After
beginning his career on turf in his first two races, this Smart Strike colt has
awakened on the dirt, winning two and running 2nd against open
claiming competition. Castellano retains
the mount. Was nominated for the Triple
Crown, but this is the first race against graded rivals.
8 – DECLAN’S
WARRIOR(4-1, Tr. Nick Zito; Jy. Jose Lezcano)
Comes into this contest,
having won 3-of-4, the last being the Bay Shore Stakes at 7 furlongs. Stretching out for the first time, the
jockey/trainer combo stay intact for this son of Majestic Warrior. Though the distance is longer, it’s still a
one-turn race. If rain comes up, he
could be on the front end for a while.
And, where has Zito been?
9 – GO GET THE
BASIL(20-1, Tr. Richard Violette; Jy. Irad Ortiz) His
last race was his Grade I debut, the Wood Memorial. Ran up the track, but in his previous four
races, he had 3 wins and a second by a nose, against lesser competition. Either he’s racing above his head in the
graded races, or, if you could draw a line through last race, he could spring
an upset. Andromeda’s Hero colt is
reunited with Ortiz.
10 – INCOGNITO(5-1,
Tr. Kiaran McLaughlin; Jy. Michael Luzzi)
Son of A.P. Indy took four attempts to break maiden, and then, in
last race, followed that up with another win against open claimers. Regular rider returns, and McLaughlin has to
be presented same question as Zito:
Where has he been? Both have been
missing on the Triple Crown trail.
11 – INFINITE MAGIC(12-1,
Tr. Robert Ribaudo; Jy. Edgar Prado) More
Than Ready colt made his American debut on the grass in last race a winning
one. Acquires new trainer for owner Team
Valor, and retains services of jockey Prado .
Not sure if his 2nd race in the states could be a good one
versus graded foes.
I have pulled for # 5 Abraham in his last two races, only to
fall short. Well, maybe the adage ‘3rd
time is a charm’ will apply to this situation.
We’ll go 5-10-20 WPS on #5, and throw in #7 Saint Vigeur, who managed to
post a win last out, despite off track and problems encountered, #8 Declan’s
Warrior(capable sprinter who Zito is banking on), #10 Incognito, who showed
some possibility, but didn’t fare well on a ‘good’ track. Let’s try a $4 exacta box, 5-7-8-10. Total bet $83.