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Breeders' Cup 2017

McLaughlin Has Two in Mind for Peter Pan

Belmont Park

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said he plans to run a pair of Darley Stable colts in the Peter Pan, with Incognito and Transparent, both exiting allowance wins on the Aqueduct main track, aiming for the 1 1/8-mile race.

 

Incognito has won two straight at the Big A, having broken his maiden by 3 ¼ lengths on March 16 over the inner track in his fourth start and returning to capture an optional claimer by a nose on April 13 over the main track. In that race, Incognito was shut off for most of the stretch and clipped heels with one of his opponents before he found space and made a late surge to get up at the wire.

 

“He had a crazy race last time where he was in tight and clipped heels and came on to win,” said McLaughlin. “A really nice horse, but he has to keep stepping up.”

 

After graduating by 5 ¾ lengths on the inner track January 26, Transparent was sixth in the Grade 3 Gotham on March 2 before rebounding to win an allowance by 10 ¾ lengths on April 4 against three opponents.

 

“It seems like he was laying there in good position on the first turn [of the Gotham], and then he flattened out,” said McLaughlin. “I think the next start [jockey] Irad [Ortiz] took him back a little bit and settled in fourth, and maybe if we can ride him that way and be patient it will be helpful. We felt like we learned something about him.”

 

McLaughlin said the Peter Pan could be a Belmont Stakes audition for Incognito. Transparent is unlikely to continue to the Belmont.

 

“We know Incognito wants [1 ½ miles],” said McLaughlin. “We’re not sure with Transparent. It’s a great tune up for an important race, and we think Incognito could go on to the Belmont if he runs well.”

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Also testing the waters for the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes in the Peter Pan likely will be WinStar Farm’s Abraham, most recently fourth in the Grade 3 Illinois Derby; Battier, winner of the restricted Fit To Fight overnight stakes at Aqueduct; Freedom Child, who raced for purse money only in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial after being compromised at the start; Narvaez, seventh in the Illinois Derby; Saint Viguer, who beat older horses going nine furlongs in an optional claimer on April 13, and Calder Derby winner Sr. Quisqueyano.

 

Declan’s Warrior, who won the Grade 3 Bay Shore for Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito, is a possibility.

 

 

 

 

 

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