Mr Sword Highlights Peter Pan Field

A field of eight will take the gate for the May 28 Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park, but most of the attention will be placed on Mr Sword who will carry a top weight of 118 pounds. Mr Sword could use the 1 1/8-mile race as a springboard toward the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

Mr Sword, owned by Paraneck Stables, hasn't raced since finishing up the track in the quickly contested April 16 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland. Before that he was third in the March 26 Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) at Turfway Park.

The Jennifer Pedersen-trained son of Rizzi began the year with great promise, rolling through maiden and allowance conditions before tackling tougher stakes company.

Mr Sword drew post three and will carry 118 pounds, including jockey Norberto Arroyo Jr.

Centennial Farm's Reverberate will be challenging stakes company for the first time since finishing fifth in the Nashua Stakes (gr. III) as a juvenile. The son of Thunder Gulch   has shown a lot of growth since his 2-year-old campaign.

He has finished in the money in all four of his starts on the year, most recently scoring a two-length win in a 1 1/16-mile allowance race May 8 at Belmont Park for trainer Sal Russo.

Jose Santos gets the mount aboard Reverberate, carrying 116 pounds. The pair will break from gate seven.

The Patrick Biancone-trained Chekhov, who topped the 2004 Keeneland April 2-year-olds in training sale at $3.3 million, will challenge stakes company for the second time in his four-start career when he takes the gate for the Peter Pan. He finished fifth in the Feb. 5 Sham Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita.

The lightly raced son of Pulpit broke his maiden by eight lengths May 8, going 1 1/16 miles at Belmont Park.

Gary Stevens will ride Derrick Smith and Michael Tabor's Chekhov. The pair will break from post four carrying 116 pounds.

The field for Saturday's $200,000 Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II) includes:
1--Robador (Jose Valdiva Jr., 116)
2--Sir Greeley (Eibar Coa, 116)
3-- Mr Sword (Norberto Arroyo Jr., 118)
4-- Chekhov (Gary Stevens, 116)
5-- Golden Man (Edgar Prado, 116)
6-- Gorbash (Jose Espinoza, 116)
7-- Reverberate (Jose Santos, 116)
8-- Oratory (Jerry Bailey, 116)

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