Review of Peter Pan at Belmont Park on May 11

The Peter Pan Stakes is run in honor of National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame inductee, Peter Pan.

Peter Pan (1904–1933) was an Thoroughbred racehorse and sire, bred and raced by prominent horseman, James R. Keene. As winner of the Belmont Stakes, the Brooklyn Derby and the Brighton Handicap, he was later inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. His progeny included many famous American racehorses, including several winners of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes.

Race 4. Peter Pan Stakes (GII). For three-year-old at 1 1/8 miles on dirt. Purse $300,000.


PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Intrepid Heart John Velazquez Todd Pletcher 7/5
2 Federal Case Javier Castellano Todd Pletcher 8/1
3 Global Campaign Luis Saez Stanley Hough 8/5
4 Sir Winston Joel Rosario Mark Casse 8/1
5 Final Jeopardy Irad Ortiz Jr. Jason Servis 3/1

Intrepid Heart has won both of his starts. He is steadily improving and becoming a solid stakes contender. In his most recent win, he went five-wide point and passed the leader late in an optional claiming win at Keeneland. He should finish in the top two.

Federal Case has not improved since being purchased by current owners last year for six figures after his debut win at Keeneland. He finished in the Holy Bull Stakes (GII), before running second in the Hutcheson Stakes (GIII) and third in Malpais in the Robert Hilton Memorial Stakes. He has speed and should be able to sit behind friendly fractions. He has a chance to finish on the board.

Global Campaign has two wins from three starts. He is a half-brother to Sonic Mule, and Bolt d’Oro. Global Campaign ran fifth in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (GII) plus suffered an injury that knocked him off the Derby trail. This field lacks  speed. Global Campaign has natural speed and a tactical running style. He should finish in the top two.

Sir Winston has been on the board three times in his eight races.  He ran in the following stakes races: Withers Stakes (GIII), Tampa Bay Derby (GII) and Blue Grass Stakes (GII). He only managed a fourth, fifth and seventh in those races with his mild closing kick. There is not a whole lot of pace signed up here, either, which makes his task difficult. He should not be a factor at the wire.

Final Jeopardy has two wins and a third in his four starts. He won a one-mile Gulfstream optional claimer in March. He finished sixth in the Wood Memorial Stakes (G2) and failed to take advantage of a generous speed duel. He should be on the board.

Our Top Three Picks:

  • Intrepid Heart
  • Global Campaign
  • Final Jeopardy

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