04/15/2013 4:20PM

Aqueduct notes: Incognito has Peter Pan among possibilities after eventful win

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OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Wherever he runs next, Incognito won’t be able to sneak up on anybody.

While most followers of 3-year-old Thoroughbreds were focused on the Blue Grass and Arkansas Derby on Saturday, Incognito won a one-mile first-level allowance race by a nose after nearly falling down in midstretch and squeezing through a narrow opening in deep stretch.

It was the second straight victory for Incognito, a son of champion A.P. Indy out of the two-time Grade 1 winner Octave.

Incognito was originally being pointed to the Illinois Derby, but trainer Kiaran McLaughlin feared the horse would not get into that race due to a lack of earnings.

In Saturday’s allowance race, Incognito, under Mike Luzzi, was behind horses coming to the quarter pole. Luzzi tipped out as if he was going to try go five wide in the stretch, then decided to try to split Late Starter, ridden by David Cohen, and Washington’s Rules, ridden by Jose Lezcano.

That apparent hole closed, and Incognito clipped heels with Late Starter but bounced right back up.

Luzzi then bulled his way in between Late Starter and Cap the Moment and Incognito was somehow able to run down Washington’s Rules and win the bob.

“It worked out well. It almost didn’t work out well at the eighth pole,” McLaughlin said. “If he had fallen, then I would have said, well, he wasn’t going to win anyway. We never thought he was going to win when he didn’t fall.”

McLaughlin said Incognito came out of the race in good order, but the trainer was not sure what would be next.

McLaughlin mentioned a race like the Peter Pan at Belmont Park on May 11, but he and Sheikh Mohammed’s Darley Stable, the owner of Incognito, are already pointing Transparent to that race.

“Sometimes you need two to run one,” McLaughlin said.

McLaughlin and Jim Bell, president of Darley USA, both indicated that the Kentucky Derby was not an option for either horse, even if fewer than 20 entered that race. Neither Incognito nor Transparent have any qualifying points, so the only way they could run in the Derby is if fewer than 24 – four also-eligibles are allowed – entered.

While the Belmont Stakes could possibly be an option for either horse, Bell said, “The collective thinking is to continue to progress and hope for something in the second half of the season.”

Bernardini, owned by Darley, in 2006 used victories in the Preakness, Jim Dandy, Travers, and Jockey Club Gold Cup to win the 3-year-old divisional championship.

Meanwhile, David Cohen did receive a seven-day suspension from the stewards for his ride on Later Starter, but he has yet to decide whether to appeal, according to his agent, Bill Castle.

Street Game back to form

Street Game won his first stakes in nearly two years Sunday, taking the $75,000 Dave Stakes by 2 3/4 lengths in gate-to-wire fashion under Alex Solis.

It was Street Game’s first stakes success since he took the Grade 3 Hill Prince at Belmont on June 18, 2011. As was the case that day, Street Game got loose on the lead over yielding turf and was never caught.

After the Hill Prince, Street Game went winless in seven stakes attempts, though he did win a pair of open-company allowance races.

While the Dave was written as a prep for the Grade 3, $150,000 Fort Marcy at Belmont on May 4, trainer Phil Serpe said he may wait for the $125,000 Kingston, restricted to New York-breds, on June 1.

“I want to be careful that I don’t overstep with him,” Serpe said. “We might just wait and do something like that, see how things unfold.”

Street Game earned a 91 Beyer Speed Figure for his victory over fellow New York-bred Lubash.

Ann Maree More than 1 year ago
Interesting that Incognito has been racing without lasix.
ChristinaA More than 1 year ago
Good choice on McLaughlin's part.