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Kentucky Derby and Horse Racing at The Downey Profile®

Tonalist to Peter Pan

5/4/2014

Trainer Christophe Clement said Sunday he intends to get Tonalist restarted in the Peter Pan Stakes on Saturday.

Tonalist breezed five furlongs in a bullet 1:00.12 (1/10) Sunday morning at Belmont Park.

The 1 1/8-mile Peter Pan is New York's final graded stakes for 3-year-olds prior to the Belmont Stakes on June 7.

"He had a very nice work today," said Clement. "I have to talk to Mr. Evans, but as long as he's comfortable with it I'd like to run him in the Peter Pan."

Tonalist, second to eventual Grade 1 Florida Derby winner Constitution on Feb. 22, was originally pointed to TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial on April 5. He was withdrawn with a lung infection.

Tonalist returned to the worktab on April 17 at Payson Park, breezing five furlongs in 1:03.40 in his last move prior to today's workout.

"We gave him the time, we took care of it, a few little problems," said Clement. "He trained well at Payson and trained well this morning. I'm excited with the work. Let's go."

Tonalist has a single win in three starts. He broke his maiden by four lengths on Jan. 18 at Gulfstream Park after finishing fourth in his debut in November at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Also expected in the Peter Pan are:

--Albano, runner-up in the LeComte Stakes and Risen Star Stakes before being placed fourth in the Louisiana Derby;

--The lightly raced Fabulous Kid, who worked six furlongs in 1:14.89 on Saturday;

--The Todd Pletcher-trained Matterhorn, who would make his stakes debut; --Calder Derby winner Our Caravan;

--The Florida-based Tapicero.

Effinex and Irish You Well are questionable, according to NYRA stakes coordinator Andrew Byrnes.

Edited NYRA release

 

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