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Horse Racing, Kentucky Derby at The Downey Profile®

Timeline Steps Up in Peter Pan


Only Six Entered

A colt with only two races on his resume is expeced to generate a lot of interest in Saturday's Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park.

Timeline, a son of Hard Spun, made his debut this past March 4 at Gulfstream Park at a mile, where he bested a field of 14 traveling five-wide surging late with a swift turn of foot.

Timeline returned on April 6 at Aqueduct and won an allowance optional-claiming race and awarded a field-high 101 Beyer Speed Figure over a sloppy main track. He defeated seven foes and prevailed by 13 1/2 lengths.

"As a 2-year-old, he had to overcome some baby issues so we had to send him to the farm and just wait on him," said trainer Chad Brown. "The time off was probably well spent because since he's come back, he's been very sound and strong. He's trained well all winter in Florida so we were hoping he would get his career started off the right way, and he sure did that. He's had two great performances in his first two starts, so we couldn't be happier with him."

Brown said he thinks the colt will go longer after the Peter Pan.

"I think he's a horse that wouldn't have a problem stretching out to two turns but I do like the progression from one mile to a mile and an eighth," said Brown. "We'll take each step forward at a time and stay around one turn one more time and see how he handles it before we tackle two turn races."

Also entering from the Brown barn is Take Your Guns. A son of Blame, Take Your Guns debuted on Feb. 18 at Gulfstream, finishing third before breaking his maiden last out on April 15 at Keeneland around two turns.

"It's big jump up to run in a stakes race after a maiden win, but he's a horse that's improved with distance," said Brown. "Coming back and moving to a one-turn race at the same distance is slightly concerning to me; he's probably more effective around two turns, but I like the timing of this race for his development.

"There's a chance he could be a Belmont Stakes-type horse going a mile and a half, and I think he'll run all day, so that's really my thought process with entering him here."

With Joel Rosario in the irons, the pair will leave from post 6.

Todd Pletcher entered Master Plan. It's his first race since a third-place finish in the UAE Derby.

"Initially when he returned from Dubai we sent him to Winstar for a little bit of a freshening, and he's returned well," said Pletcher. "He had two breezes at Chruchill and entered into the Derby and didn't get in, but he breezed on Sunday there and I thought that went well. He's coming into this race in good shape. He's a horse that's going to settle in early and make one run. We're thinking the distance should suit him well."

Drawing the rail, John Velazquez will have the mount.

Also in the field:

-- Impressive Edge for trainer Dale Romans. Last out he finished fourth in the Florida Derby.

-- Looking At Blessing for Nick Zito. He enters off a fifth-place finish in the
Lexington Stakes at Keeneland.

-- Meantime, for trainer Brian Lynch. He broke his maiden in his third start by 7 1/2 lengths on April 22 at Keeneland.

The Peter Pan will be race 4 with an estimated post time of 3:04 ET.

Edited NYRA release


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