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Competitive Peter Pan Draws Eleven

5/8/2013

Eleven were entered for Saturday's 1 1/8 mile, Grade II Peter Pan Stakes. Some connections view the race as a stepping-stone to the Belmont Stakes on June 8.

Likely to attract considerable support is Grade III Bay Shore winner Declan’s Warrior, who will be stretching out to this distance for the first time. Trained by Nick Zito, the Majestic Warrior colt is 3-1-0 from four starts, including a last-to-first maiden victory at Belmont Park last October.

“Obviously, the good thing is, we’ve always thought he was a terrific horse,” said Zito of Declan’s Warrior. “He’s getting better, and this is a good time to be getting better. It’s a good time to stretch him out.”

Since his narrow victory in the Bay Shore, in which he swept five-wide to rally from seventh, Declan’s Warrior has had two works over the training track at Saratoga Race Course, most recently breezing a half-mile in :48.16 on May 4.

“He’s doing very well,” said Zito, who owns two Belmont Stakes victories but has never won the Peter Pan. “We’re not really looking at this as a prep for the Belmont, but as a stakes race in its own right. He’s a good horse, and down the road he’s got a great future and a great career.”

Jose Lezcano has the return call aboard Declan’s Warrior, who drew post 8 as the 4-1 second choice on the morning line.

Todd Pletcher will be represented by Abraham, the 7-2 morning-line favorite who most recently was fourth in the Grade III Illinois Derby, and Battier, at 8-1 the recent winner of the Fit to Fight overnight stakes on April 7 at Aqueduct.

Second to Mr Palmer in the Private Terms on March 9 at Laurel Park, Battier was purchased by current ownership and sent to Pletcher shortly after his 1 1/2-length victory in the one-mile Fit to Fight. He breezed five furlongs in 1:01.19 on Sunday for Pletcher.

“I haven’t really looked at this as a Belmont prep, but as a nice race on its own,” said Pletcher, who won the Peter Pan in 2004 with Purge and in 2006 with Sunriver.

“Abraham ran a very good race in the Illinois Derby; he had a pretty difficult trip through no one’s fault. He’s an improving horse. Battier, whom we’ve had for a couple of weeks, is coming off a good race. He breezed well, and we’ll see how he fits in.”

John Velazquez will ride Abraham as he leaves from post 5, while Joel Rosario will be in the irons for Battier, who drew post 3 at 8-1.

Making his first start on conventional dirt is Infinite Magic, listed at 12-1. He began his career in Europe but on April 14 was a nose winner of a turf allowance at Keeneland. The More Than Ready colt was 2-2-0 from five starts on synthetic surfaces in England, including the 1 1/4-mile Blue Square Bet Handicap in February at Lingfield. The colt has breezed twice on Belmont’s main track, most recently five furlongs in 1:01.15 on Sunday. He was installed at 12-1 on the morning line.

“It’d be easy to keep him on the grass – there’s a grass overnight stakes – but when people invest money and take shots with 3-year-olds they’re hoping they can do something they haven’t done yet,” said trainer Bobby Ribaudo of Infinite Magic.

“It’d be nice to see if he can handle the dirt, and then there’d be a lot of options for him. You don’t want to compare him to Animal Kingdom, but (Barry Irwin) did the same thing with Animal Kingdom, and everyone thought he was nuts. He ran on the synthetic, and the next thing you know he’s in the Derby on the dirt and he wins.”

Edgar Prado will be aboard Infinite Magic, who will run with Lasix for the first time, when he leaves from post 11.

Kiaran McLaughlin, who saddled Charitable Man to victory in the 2009 Peter Pan, will send out Incognito, who is using his stakes debut as a possible audition for the Belmont. The A.P. Indy colt broke his maiden on March 16 on Aqueduct’s inner track and defeated older horses on April 13 in an optional claimer, both at a mile.

“We know Incognito wants the Belmont distance,” said McLaughlin. “It’s a great tune-up for an important race, and we think Incognito could go on to the Belmont if he runs well.

Mike Luzzi will ride the 5-1 third choice on the morning line from post 10.

Rounding out the field are Freedom Child, who was declared a non-starter after being compromised at the break in the Grade I Wood Memorial; My Name Is Michael, seventh in the Grade I Toyota Blue Grass last time out; Fear the Kitten, fifth in the Blue Grass, and who was entered but failed to make the field for the Kentucky Derby; Narvaez, seventh in the Illinois Derby, the Chad Brown-trained Saint Vigeur, winner of both his starts in 2013, and Go Get the Basil, eighth in the Wood.


Edited NYRA release with addtional content by Dick Downey

Our Profiles of Selected Peter Pan Entries
Abraham, Declan's Warrior, Fear the Kitten, Freedom Child, Incognito, Infinite Magic, My Name Is Michael, Narvaez

Saturday, R9
Grade II Peter Pan Stakes
Belmont Park
$200,000
1 1/8 Mile
Dirt
Post Time: 5:17 ET

Post   Horse ML  Jockey Wt Trainer
1 Freedom Child (KY) 12-1 L. Saez 116 T. Albertrani
2 My Name Is Michael (KY) 10-1 J. Alvarado 116 W. Mott
3 Battier (FL) SCR J. Rosario 118 T. Pletcher
4 Fear the Kitten (IL) 12-1 R. Maragh 116 M. Maker
5 Abraham (KY) 7-2 J. Velazquez 116 T. Pletcher
6 Narvaez (KY) 15-1 C. Velasquez 116 A. Bezara
7 Saint Vigeur (KY) 6-1 J. Castellano 116 C. Brown
8 Declan's Warrior (KY) SCR J. Lezcano 118 N. Zito
9 Go Get the Basil (NY) 20-1 I. Ortiz Jr. 116 R. Violetter Jr.
10 Incognito (KY) 5-1 M. Luzzi 116 K. McLaughlin
11 Infinite Magic (KY) 12-1 E. Prado 118 R. Ribaudo

All will run with Lasix except Incognito

Owners: 1 - West Point Thoroughbreds, St. Elias Stable and Spendthrift Farm LLC ; 2 - Butzer, Barry and Wachtel Stable ; 3 - Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Brahman Red LLC ; 4 - Irvin, Frank, D. ; 5 - WinStar Farm LLC and Twin Creeks Racing Stables, LLC ; 6 - Stipa Racing Stable, Inc. ; 7 - Mr. and Mrs. William K. Warren, Jr. ; 8 - Lucky Shamrock Stable ; 9 - Esposito, John T. and Logrippo, Anthony J. ; 10 - Darley Stable ; 11 - Team Valor International

Breeders: 1 - Spendthrift Farm LLC; 2 - Sun Valley Farm; 3 - Loren Nichols & Dr Joseph Tripi; 4 - Kenneth L. Ramsey & Sarah K. Ramsey; 5 - Dixiana Farms, LLC; 6 - Hargus Sexton, Sandra Sexton &Silver Fern Farm, LLC; 7 - Pam and Martin Wygod; 8 - Lucky Shamrock Escrow; 9 - John T. Esposito & Anthony J. Lo Grippo; 10 - Darley; 11 - Grapestock LLC

 

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