05/17/2002 11:00PM

Sir Barton: Sarava draws clear


Ken McPeek hobbled around Pimlico Saturday on a broken left foot, eschewing the crutches he has used since suffering his injury a month ago. But he was still able to scamper to the winner's circle after his rapidly improving 3-year-old colt Sarava drew away with authority when scoring a four-length victory in the $79,250 Sir Barton Stakes.

"I'm not moving very fast. Fortunately, my horse moved fast," McPeek said after Sarava ($8.20) scored the first stakes victory of his career. He beat the 3-5 favorite, Shah Jehan, who held on for second, a half-length in front of No Pressure.

Sarava had won just once in seven lifetime starts, but he was coming off two excellent, though losing, efforts in Kentucky. In one of those races, he finished second to Wiseman's Ferry, who returned to win last Saturday's Lone Star Derby.

McPeek said he would at least consider running Sarava, a son of Wild Again, in the June 8 Belmont Stakes, but he stopped far short of committing Sarava for the Belmont.