The $200,000 Peter Pan Stakes (G2) at 1 1/8 miles on the main track, is the local prep for the Belmont Stakes for horses who skipped the first two races of the Triple Crown series. A field of eleven 3-year-olds was originally drawn but Isn't He Perfect scratched and will go in the Preakness insteasd. Just 6,386 fans were on hand Saturday at Belmont Park, under overcast skies and temperatures in the mid 60's. Jerome Stakes (G2) winner Adios Charlie was the 3-1 favorite over 7-2 second choice Alternation, fifth in the Arkansas Derby after winning an allowance at Oaklawn, and 4-1 third choice Uncle Brent, winner of the Northern Spur at Oaklawn last out.
Bold Deed went to the lead exiting the chute and he set fractions of 23.78, 47.14, and 1:11.90 over the fast track while as many as 2 1/2 lengths in front of Adios Charlie and Prime Cut. Entering the stretch, Bold Deed tired allowing Adios Charlie to inherit the lead, opening up a 2 length advantage over Prime Cut through a mile in 1:36.87. Alternation, who was as far back as 7th early, came out 4 wide for the drive and closed well to catch Adios Charlie inside the 1/16 pole to prevail by a head in 1:49.53. It was a long 4 1/2 lengths back to Prime Cut third.