Madefromlucky scored a one length win in Saturday’s $200,000 Peter Pan S., the first graded stakes victory for the Cheyenne Stables colorbearer...
Madefromlucky scored a one length win in Saturday’s $200,000 Peter Pan S., the first graded stakes victory for the Cheyenne Stables colorbearer. The impressive win had his trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey Javier Castellano both talking Belmont S. (G1) on June 6.
Madefromlucky, who had been battling eventual Kentucky Derby (G1) winner American Pharoah while taking the Arkansas path to the Triple Crown, had enough qualifying points to enter the Kentucky Derby (G1), but Pletcher decided to take an alternate path.
"The Belmont Stakes is something we'd talked about a while back," Pletcher said in reference to skipping the Derby. "We felt Madefromlucky would keep going and going and going. We wanted to find out where he fit and the Peter Pan has historically been a good prep for the Belmont. He earned his way in if he comes out of this well and trains accordingly."
The Peter Pan featured Madefromlucky’s brilliant stablemate Two Weeks Off as well as the stakes winner Wolf Man Rocket from the Bob Baffert barn. That pair were one-two for the first six furlongs, which went in 1:10.33. Castellano had Madefromlucky a couple lengths off, and loomed up on the outside entering the stretch. He forged ahead with about a furlong to run and came home to win edging clear. The final time for the 1 1/8-miles was 1:48.36 on a fast track.
"I had a beautiful trip behind the speed horses. There was a good pace in the race," Castellano said. "My horse settled beautifully off the pace, and turning for home, I had a clear trip. He did it the right way, switching leads at the right time, and finished well.
"I think (he's a Belmont Stakes horse). The way he did it today, why not? He finished very well, he finished strong, and galloped out strong. I think it was a perfect prep for the Belmont. Now it's up to the owner and trainer."
Madefromlucky earned $120,000 for the win and now has amassed $378,700 with a record of 3-2-1 in eight starts. He is by 2010 Preakness S. (G1) Lookin At Lucky out of Home From Oz, who is a half-sister to leading sire Tapit.