05/06/2013 5:18PM

Belmont Park: Pletcher has pair for Peter Pan

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Tom Keyser
Abraham, most recently fourth in the Grade 3 Illinois Derby, likely will start in Saturday's Grade 2 Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park.

Trainer Todd Pletcher, who could do no better than third with his five runners in the Kentucky Derby, is expected to send out the duo of Abraham and Battier in Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Peter Pan Stakes.

Abraham, a son of Distorted Humor, is coming off a fourth-place finish in the Grade 3 Illinois Derby. Prior to that, he finished third in the Sunland Derby.

Battier, a son of Tale of the Cat, is a recent addition to the Pletcher barn after being purchased privately by Eclipse Thoroughbreds.

Battier, previously trained by Pablo Andrade, started out in the claiming ranks at Parx last fall but recently won an overnight stakes at Aqueduct.

Others pointing to the Peter Pan include Freedom Child, Infinite Magic, Incognito, Transparent, Sr. Quisqueyano, Narvaez, Saint Vigeur, Fear the Kitten, and possibly Declan’s Warrior.

Bruce Epstein More than 1 year ago
I'm starting to think Pletch, like Bob B in CA can't teach a horse to run from the back. Seems all his good ones are front or pace runners. Not what is needed for Derby. Even after his win in the derby, his record is poor at best. Starting to think he's just "cheep front speed guy".
Harry Ehrlich More than 1 year ago
Anyone hear Micromange might run for Pletcher?
jose dominguez More than 1 year ago
Incognito is going to win this race and then beat orb in the Belmont stakes
Dave More than 1 year ago
Freedom Child, interestingly enough, finished 2nd in a MSW at Aqueduct last year between 2 horses you may have heard of. Revolutionary and Orb.
Bob More than 1 year ago
Doesn't make him good . Just means he will be bet when people see that in the running line. Hell , we still don't know who got second in the derby.. The press , public and the handicappers never mentioned this horse thru the whole winter AND still haven't.
itsallnecessary More than 1 year ago
I spoke to Shew and Logan about these horses, Abraham is not bad. I am sure this race will fill.Shew and Logan has stated that Pletcher is now like 1 for 38 in the derby. He did hit the winners circle in the oaks race, boy did that filly look good in winning it. It seems like anymore, when Pletcher has more than one horse entered, the longest shot of his horses win. Just like the Oaks.
Steve S More than 1 year ago
Well, Baffert pulls the same stunt fairly often out in California too.
Bruce Epstein More than 1 year ago
Did you watch the same Oaks as I did? While I was lucky to have the winner (hit the all button in the Oaks, Turf, Derby pic-3 with two singles in the back ends). What comes to mind is the Oaks winner was rumbling, stumpling, down the stretch, looks to me as if she would never get the 3. Not a great race after fav was hit hard at the break.