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2014 Peter Pan Stakes

Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont

Freedom ChildThis Saturday we have the 2014 Peter Pan Stakes on tap at Belmont. The $200,000 Grade 2 Peter Pan Stakes is the 9th race on the card for Belmont Saturday and will feature 7 three year olds traveling 1 1/8 mile. Inaugurated in 1940, the Peter Pan has seen the likes of Ponder, Counterpoint, Gallant Man, Slew o’ Gold, Proud Truth, and A.P. Indy in its winner’s circle. Last year’s winner, Freedom Child, romped the field in a wire-to-wire 13 ¼ length victory and paid $9.20 for the win. This race makes for a nice Belmont Stakes prep race, so let’s see what contenders we have here in search of making it to the Belmont!

Our CaravanThe morning line favorite for the Peter Pan is Tonalist at 2/1. This lightly raced colt ran 2nd in his last outing back in February, finishing 3 ¼ lengths behind Constitution in an Optional Claiming 75k at Gulfstream. Although he hasn’t raced in a while, his workouts look solid and he should be ready for this race. Trained by Christophe Clement, Tonalist will have Joel Rosario in the irons. Looking to contest him on the ML at 5/2 is Commissioner. In his last outings, Commissioner ran 6th in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth, 3rd in the Grade 3 Sunland Derby and 6th in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby. Trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Javier Castellano, there’s no doubt that Commissioner will be one to beat. I expect both Commissioner and Tonalist to put up a good fight, but for value I’m going with Our Caravan at 5 to 1 on the morning line. TapiceroIn his last outing, Our Caravan took down Tampa Bay Derby winner, Ring Weekend, in the Calder Derby by 9 ¾ lengths! Although his Holy Bull and Fountain of Youth efforts looked rough, Commissioner appears to be coming into his own and may be peaking just in time to get this one won. Jose Lezcano gets the call here from trainer, Michael Dilger. For an out there longshot to consider for exotics, I would give Tapicero a look at 20/1 on the ML. Tapicero hasn’t shown the speed needed to put the Peter Pan to bed, but his last two outings he won by more than 7 lengths. He looks like he can handle the distance and has the ability to get up in the money, if not upset this field if everything goes his way. Good luck everybody!

 

 

 

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Mike Jr, eldest son of Mike Lane Sr, is co-lead author at HandicapHorseRacing.com and was raised on thoroughbred horse racing and handicapping. Although father and son often butt heads on their selections, they both have much love and admiration for the sport. Mike Jr. brings a new, fresh perspective to horse racing and is often in search of new angles to try.

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