Woodford Racing's Timeline was heavily favored to win Saturday's 63rd running of the G3 Peter Pan Stakes, and the 3-year-old son of Hard Spun proved that the bettors faith in him was not unfounded when he splashed home a 3 1/2-length winner under Javier Castellano. Now a winner in all three of his career starts, the Chad Brown trainee completed nine furlongs on Belmont Park's sloppy main track in 1:51.62.
“He's a really nice horse and the way he did it today was amazing,” Castellano said. “This kind of horse is very straight forward. All you have to do is push a button and he goes forward. The track was a good condition for him. He was really professional. I think he can improve a lot, too.”
Meantime was the first out of the starting gate under Jose Ortiz, and took the lead through a first quarter in 24.02 seconds with pressure from both Timeline and Impressive Edge. Oritz allowed Meantime a bit of rein and the colt picked up the pace to move away to a 1 1/2-length advantage; Castellano was content to bide his time in second and Luis Saez, on Impressive Edge, backed off the solid pace as the leader completed a half-mile in 47.68.
Approaching the far turn, Castellano attempted to move Timeline closer to the leading Meantime, but the colt seemed to not want to pass his rival on the outside. After three quarters in 1:12.99, Meantime got out badly in the last part of the turn, and Castellano was able to re-direct Timeline to cut the turn on the inside rail. The two came even in the final three-eighths of a mile, and after a brief battle in the lane Timeline disposed of Meantime, drawing away to win by 3 1/2 lengths. Meantime finished second ahead of Impressive Edge, and Take Your Guns was third.
“The horse ran great,” said Brown. “There was a little anxious moment on the turn there. I couldn't really see if he lost the bridle a little bit or what. Javier [Castellano] said he kind of ran in spots a little bit at the end of the race. He kind of had to use him a little bit out of the gate to get his footing and then felt good. Then at one point in the race, again, he felt like he maybe he should've went with the going just a touch. Then he cut the corner and got on better footing and the horse gave him another good kick.”
Bred in Kentucky by Alexander Groves Matz, Timeline was a $500,000 yearling purchase at the Keeneland September sale. His racing debut may not have come until March of his sophomore season, but the colt has not lost a race yet, including this first graded stakes score in just his third start. Timeline's earnings stand at over $180,000.
“I'll speak to Bill Farish, who manages this horse, and we'll go from there,” Brown continued. “We had spoken earlier in the day that if we had some success here, the Haskell is a race that we have a lot of interest in, with maybe one race between now and then. He doesn't strike me as a mile-and-a-half horse, but I'm not going to declare him out of the race. I'll discuss that with Mr. Farish, but that wasn't really my plan going in here. We're still in the developmental stage with this horse.”
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