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Horse Racing, Kentucky Derby at The Downey Profile®

Timeline Splashes to Easy Peter Pan Win

5/13/2017

Timeline is now unbeaten in three starts after leaving the gate as the 2-5 favorite in the Peter Pan Stakes on a sloppy-sealed track at Belmont Park.

Breaking a step slow from post 2 with Javier Castellano aboard, Timeline moved into second position as 6-1 third-choice Meantime went to the front of the field of six. That one set fractions of 24.07 and 47.68. At the quarter-pole, Timeline was set down for the drive and got past Meantime at the top of the stretch. He was ridden out to win by 3 1/2 lengths.

Timeline was timed in 1:51.62 for the nine furlongs. Behind Meantime another 3 1/2 lengths back in third was Impressive Edge, followed by Take Your Guns, Master Plan and Looking At Blessing. Master Plan, who was on the also-eligible list for the Kentucky Derby, lost by 20 1/2 lengths.

A son of Hard Spun, Timeline returned $2.90 for a $2 win wager and increased his career earnings to $183,000 for winning owners Woodford Racing.

Traditionally the local prep for the Belmont Stakes, trainer Chad Brown would not confirm Timeline's next start but indicated that the Belmont is not on the A list for Timeline's next start.

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CONNECTIONS QUOTES

Javier Castellano: "He's a really nice horse and the way he did it today was amazing. This kind of horse is very straightforward. All you have to do is push a button, and he goes forward. The track was a good condition for him. He was really professional. I think he can improve a lot, too."

Chad Brown: "The horse ran great. There was a little anxious moment on the turn there. I couldn't really see if he lost the bridle a little bit or what. Javier said he kind of ran in spots a little bit at the end of the race. He kind of had to use him a little bit out of the gate to get his footing and then felt good. Then at one point in the race, again, he felt like he maybe he should've went with the going just a touch. Then he cut the corner and got on better footing and the horse gave him another good kick.

"I'll speak to Bill Farish, who manages this horse, and we'll go from there. We had spoken earlier in the day that if we had some success here, the Haskell is a race that we have a lot of interest in, with maybe one race between now and then. He doesn't strike me as a mile-and-a-half horse, but I'm not going to declare him out of the race. I'll discuss that with Mr. Farish, but that wasn't really my plan going in here. We're still in the developmental stage with this horse."

 

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