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Trip Notes: Peter Pan and Senorita Stakes

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Belmont
Peter Pan (race 9)

Freedom Child blew the start in the Grade 1 Wood to lose all chance and miss a potential shot at the Ky. Derby. Well, he got off to another clumsy start here but he recovered quickly in the mud to dominate and punch his ticket to the Belmont June 8. From the rail, he veered to the right as the gates opened to be last early, but in just a few strides he moved up smartly along the fence to grab the lead. He held a narrow advantage down the backstretch and began to draw away on the far turn, turning this into a laugher despite drifting out through the lane. Question is, was this huge win a sign he’s turned into a beast or that he just adored the wet going? Remember, too, in his Nov. 24 start at Aqueduct he ran 2nd to eventual Kentucky Derby winner Orb, with Kentucky Derby 3rd Revolutionary behind him in 3rd. Saint Vigeur sat midpack, made a nice run into the lane and kept on well for 2nd, though he was never on the winner’s radar. Go Get the Basil was just behind Saint Vigeur early, didn’t accelerate with that rival but plugged along to get 3rd, just ahead of favorite Abraham, who stalked the winner from the start but couldn’t keep up when the real racing began.

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Senorita (race 6)

Charlie Em was making her first start in this country after competing in Europe, and she brought her sharp form with her, gamely proving best. She sat 2nd while Disko Dasko opened up a big early lead, moved closer going to the backside, took command from that tiring rival into the lane and gamely persevered to fend off hard-charging heavy favorite Scarlet Strike. The Grade 2 Honeymoon Handicap here June 8 may be next. Scarlet Strike, heavily favored off a smart win in the Grade 3 Providencia on turf at Santa Anita last month, broke slowly, as is her custom, bided her time, moved closer turning for home, pitched wide into the lane and finished strongly but just couldn’t quite get past the winner. The Honeymoon figures next for her, too. Kyriaki stalked the pace and stayed on evenly. Lilbourne Eliza sat 4th early, had to wait for room turning for home, made a mild bid into the lane but couldn’t sustain it.