Alternation Wins Peter Pan


Winning for the fourth time in six starts, Alternation ran to his strong route pedigree and nailed Jerome winner and lukewarm favorite Adios Charlie in the final strides of Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Peter Pan Stakes for 3-year-olds.

If you thought the Peter Pan’s 57th running took a while to unfold, that is an accurate assessment. The Peter Pan’s final time of 1:49.53 for 1 1/8 miles was the slowest since Postponed registered a 1:49.71 clocking to win in 2000. Beyond that, you have to go back to Lost Mountain (149.40 in 1991), Back Bay Barrister (1:50 in 1984) and Keenation (1:50 in 1960) to find comparably pedestrian times.

Though he didn’t bust any stopwatches, Alternation ($9.40), a Pin Oak Farm homebred out of two-time Robert G. Dick winner Alternate, showed sufficient stamina to wear down Adios Charlie by a head under Ramon Dominguez, who was aboard the Distorted Humor colt for the first time.

“The front wasn’t really coming back at all and my horse just kept grinding and tried pretty hard,” said Dominguez. “It was good to see that, as big as he is, he’s also got tactical speed and more than one gear.”

Coming out of a fifth-place finish in the Arkansas Derby, Alternation was notching his first win in a graded stakes.

“We’ll probably go back to Arlington, but we’ll certainly keep all our options open,” said winning trainer Donnie Von Hemel.

Adios Charlie, making just his fourth start, chased Bold Deed through early fractions of 23.78, 47.14 and 1:11.90, moved to a two-length lead in midstretch after a mile in 1:36.87, but could not hold off the winner while drifting out slightly in deep stretch.

“We’ll probably look ahead at something like the Jim Dandy or the Haskell, with a race before that,” said his trainer, Stanley Hough.

Prime Cut finished third, and Joe Vann finished fourth in the 10-horse field.

by Dave Litfin

On the New York worktab

Over the firm Widener turf at Belmont Park on Saturday, dual turf male champion GIO PONTI (Tale of the Cat) worked a half-mile in :49 2/5. Fifth in the Dubai World Cup (UAE-G1) in his seasonal bow, he might return for the June 12 Manhattan H. (G1).

Multiple Grade/Group 1 winner HIBAAYEB (GB) (Singspiel [Ire]), third against allowance foes in her 2011 bow, covered seven furlongs in 1:26 1/5.

MORE THAN REAL (More Than Ready), last seen taking the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G2) in November, breezed four panels in :48 3/5.

Multiple Grade 3 winner WINTER MEMORIES (El Prado [Ire]), heroine of the Appalachian S. (G3) last month, went in :51.

Multiple Group 3 winner ZAGORA (Fr) (Green Tune), third in the Jenny Wiley S. (G2) last out, finished in :48 3/5.

Argentinean Horse of the Year INTERACTION (Arg) (Easing Along), seventh in the Dubai City of Gold S. (UAE-G2) in early March, exercised in :49 2/5.

Grade 3 victor BOLD HAWK (Silver Hawk), third in the Red Smith H. (G2) when last seen in November, earned the bullet with a :48 move.

Appalachian third PARTING WORDS (Lost Love) worked five-eighths in 1:01 2/5.

Multiple Grade 1 winner LIFE AT TEN (Malibu Moon), second against allowance foes in her seasonal bow, worked five furlongs in 1:00 4/5 over the fast main track. She's nominated to the May 21 Allaire duPont Distaff (G3).

Grade 2 queen AWESOME MARIA (Maria's Mon), easy winner of the Rampart S. (G3) and Sabin S. (G3) this season, worked four furlongs in :50 1/5.

Grade 2 turf veteran COURAGEOUS CAT (Storm Cat), third in the Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) when last seen in October, covered five furlongs in 1:03.

CALIBRACHOA (Southern Image), winner of the Tom Fool H. (G3) and Toboggan S. (G3) this season, completed four furlongs in :48 3/5. Stablemate CAL NATION (Distorted Humor), the trailer as the favorite in the Jerome S. (G2) when making his stakes debut, went in the same time.

Grade 3 winner RODMAN (Malibu Moon), hero of the Irish Tower S. last out, worked five panels in 1:00 2/5.

Shakertown S. (G3) victor STRATFORD HILL (A.P. Indy) was clocked in :49 2/5 for a half-mile.

Multiple stakes-winning turf sprinter STORMY PUBLISHER (Arg) (Bernstein), eighth in the off-the-turf Giant's Causeway S. last month, logged three furlongs in :37.

Palm Beach S. (G3) runner-up QUEEN'SPLATEKITTEN (Kitten's Joy), seventh in the Blue Grass S. (G1), was clocked in :49 2/5 for a half-mile.

Multiple stakes winner UNDERSTATEMENT (Distorted Humor), a distant third in the Excelsior S. (G3), exercised in :48.

Grade 2 victor BLUES STREET (Street Cry [Ire]), a nose second in the Fort Lauderdale S. (G3) in January, worked in :50 4/5 over the fast training track.

Sam F. Davis S. (G3) winner BRETHREN (Distorted Humor), 11th in the Arkansas Derby (G2), strode in :50 2/5.

Grade 2 vixen HOUR GLASS (Petionville), runner-up in the Harmony Lodge H. in her 2011 debut, went in :50 1/5.

Grade 3 veteran MR. FANTASY (E Dubai), sidelined since an allowance score last August, logged three furlongs in :38 4/5.

Multiple stakes winner R BETTY GRAYBULL (Holy Bull), heroine of the Ladies H., stepped in :52.

Multiple Grade 2-placed stakes winner LITTLE DRAMA (Burning Roma), hero of the Philmont S. last out, worked in :49 4/5.



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