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Aqueduct: Transparent targets Peter Pan Stakes after impressive victory
OZONE PARK, N.Y. – After watching Transparent romp to a 10 3/4-length victory Thursday at Aqueduct, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin’s first thought was, “Hopefully, we didn’t run in the wrong race.”
While Transparent’s victory certainly was eye-catching, he wasn’t facing the quality of competition he would have had he run in Saturday’s $1 million Wood Memorial.
But Transparent’s victory did earn him a return to stakes company, most likely the Grade 2, $200,000 Peter Pan at Belmont Park on May 11.
On Thursday, Transparent sat behind a three-ply speed duel, was tipped four wide by Irad Ortiz Jr. for the stretch, and drew clear. Transparent covered a mile in 1:35.62 and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 95.
“The horse won impressively,” McLaughlin said. “He looked really good doing it. At this time, we’ll point for the Peter Pan.”
Prior to his allowance victory, Transparent finished sixth in the Grade 3 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct on March 2. He encountered some trouble early in the race, and after maneuvering to second place down the backside, he faded to sixth, 5 1/4 lengths behind Vyjack.
“He got pinched back going into the first turn, along with a few others, was second, then flattened out,” McLaughlin said.
Prior to winning a maiden race Jan. 26, Transparent had competed against the likes of Orb and Revolutionary, the winners of last weekend’s Florida Derby and Louisiana Derby.
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