Peter Pan at­tracts only five

Daily Racing Form Saturday Stakes Preview - - FRONT PAGE - – David Gren­ing

One week af­ter win­ning his fourth Ken­tucky Derby, trainer Bob Baf­fert will try for the big­gest race run for 3-yearolds this week when he starts Wolf Man Rocket in Satur­day’s Grade 2, $200,000 Peter Pan Stakes at Bel­mont Park. The Peter Man is run at 1 1/8 miles around one turn.

The Peter Pan, the lo­cal prep for the Bel­mont Stakes on June 6, drew a field of only five. Trainer Todd Pletcher has the un­cou­pled en­try of Two Weeks Off and Made­from­lucky. Trainer Mark Casse sup­ple­mented Con­quest Curli­nate, while Bill Mott en­tered Tiz Shea D.

Af­ter run­ning sec­ond in a pair of maiden races at Santa Anita, Wolf Man Rocket was sent by Baf­fert to Oak­lawn Park, where he won the $100,000 North­ern Spur Stakes on the same day that Amer­i­can Pharoah won the Arkansas Derby there.

Baf­fert said he was plan­ning to run Wolf Man Rocket in the Sir Bar­ton Stakes on the Preak­ness un­der­card, but that race is re­stricted to horses who haven’t won a stakes race.

“I wanted to run him two turns,” Baf­fert said. “But we’ll take him up there and see how he runs. If he runs well there, you could run back in the Bel­mont. It gives you plenty of op­tions.”

Irad Or­tiz Jr. will ride Wolf Man Rocket from the rail.

Casse prob­a­bly wasn’t thrilled to see a Baf­fert-trained run­ner in the Peter Pan. He sup­ple­mented Con­quest Curli­nate, who was beaten a nose by the Baf­fert-trained Whiskey Ticket in the Grade 3 Illi­nois Derby at Hawthorne on April 18.

Two Weeks Off was a sharp al­lowance win­ner at Keeneland on April 4 in his first start of the year, and Made­from­lucky fin­ished fourth in the Arkansas Derby.

Pletcher did not en­ter Louisiana Derby run­ner-up Stan­ford, who was scratched from last Satur­day’s Ken­tucky Derby. Pletcher cau­tioned that just be­cause Stan­ford was not en­tered in the Peter Pan, “that doesn’t mean he’s run­ning in the Preak­ness.”

Tiz Shea D, sec­ond in the Gotham and fifth in the Wood Me­mo­rial, drew post 5.

With only five in the field, the Peter Pan will be carded as race 3.

Santa Anita: Be­holder in Van­ity

AR­CA­DIA, Calif. – Be­holder, the two-cham­pion, will be fa­vored to get the sev­enth Grade 1 win of her ca­reer in Satur­day’s $300,000 Van­ity Stakes at Santa Anita, where she’ll face a small field that in­cludes War­ren’s Veneda, un­beaten in three stakes this year.

Be­holder won the re­stricted Santa Lu­cia Stakes on April 10 in an easy tune-up for the

In Satur­day’s other stakes

Princess Vi­o­let, the win­ner of the Grade 1 Madi­son Stakes at Keeneland in her last start, drew post 4 in a field of six en­tered for the Grade 2, $250,000 Ruf­fian Stakes, the fourth race on the pro­gram. She will face Shayjolie, House Rules, Macha, Via Strata, and Wed­ding Toast.

In the Grade 3, $150,000 Beau­gay Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on turf, Dis­creet Marq drew the out­side post in a sev­en­horse field. Dis­creet Marq has not raced since run­ning third in the Grade 1 Ma­tri­arch last Novem­ber.

From the rail out, the Beau­gay field is J Won­der, Ra­di­a­tor, Re­cepta, Photo Call, Caro­line Thomas, Testa Rossi, and Dis­creet Marq. The Beau­gay will go as race 7.


Wolf Man Rocket en­ters Satur­day’s Grade 2 Peter Pan Stakes off a 1 3/4-length win in the North­ern Spur Stakes at Oak­lawn.

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