Postponed Wins Peter Pan
ED SCHUYLER JR.
May. 27, 2000
NEW YORK (AP) _ Postponed, owned and trained by the people who won the Belmont Stakes last year with Lemon Drop Kid, likely raced his way into this year's Belmont by slipping through on the rail for a victory Saturday in the Peter Pan.
Postponed's first stakes win was jockey Ed Prado's 3,999th victory.
``If everything is all right we'll definitely consider the Belmont Stakes,'' said trainer Scotty Schulhofer, who trained Postponed for Jeanne Vance. ``But he'll have to pick up a lot weight in that race.''
The colt would carry 126 pounds in the 1 1/2-mile Belmont. He carried 113 in the 1 1/8-mile Peter Pan, 10 pounds less than each of the next three finishers.
Postponed took the lead from Globalize passing the eighth pole and won in a blanket finish that saw the first four horses in the nine-horse field covered by a mere 2 1/2 lengths. With three-eighths of a mile remaining Postponed was last, but only about 5 1/2 lengths off the lead.
The winner, who covered the distance in 1:49 3-5, finished three-quarters of a length ahead of favored Unshaded, who was three-quarters of a length ahead of Globalize, Takhodha Hills finished another one length back.
Postponed, winning for the second time in five starts this year and for the third time in eight career races, paid $21.20, $5.90 and $3.40 and earned $120,000 from the $200,000 purse.
Unshaded, ridden by Shane Sellers, returned $3 and $2.40, while Globalize was $3.10 for show.
In his two previous starts in open stakes competition, Postponed finished fifth in the Florida Derby and eighth in the Wood Memorial in which Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus and Preakness winner Red Bullet ran 1-2, respectively.
Last year, Lemon Drop Kid preceded his Belmont Stakes victory by finishing third in Peter Pan.