Pletcher: Beaten Peter Pan Favorite Intrepid Heart ‘Bred Top And Bottom’ For Belmont Distance

by | 05.13.2019 | 6:25pm
Robert and Lawana Low's Intrepid Heart won his career debut at Oaklawn Park by 7 3/4 lengths under John Velazquez

Trainer Todd Pletcher has indicated that Intrepid Heart, the beaten favorite when finishing third in Saturday's G3 Peter Pan Stakes, could join the cast for the 2019 Belmont Stakes. According to, Pletcher thought that the 3-year-old son of Tapit was mostly compromised by his immaturity, rather than a stumble at the start.

“Johnny (Velazquez, jockey) said he was still kind of green,” Pletcher said. “He finished okay, galloped out really well. He's bred top and bottom for a mile and a half.”

Intrepid Heart's dam, Flaming Heart, won a pair of stakes races at 1 1/16 miles and 1 mile 70 yards, and was sired by Touch Gold, winner of the 1997 Belmont Stakes. The colt won his first two starts for Pletcher, a maiden special weight at Oaklawn by 7 3/4 lengths and an allowance race at Keeneland, and the third-place Peter Pan effort was just his third career start.

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