Brahms Under Consideration for Met Mile
Updated: Monday, May 14, 2001 12:52 PM
Posted: Sunday, May 13, 2001 3:46 PM
Elliot Walden-trained Brahms finished third in the 1 1/8-mile Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) in his most recent start and will race next in a one-mile, grade I race. Walden is considering either the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) on the main track at Belmont Park, or the Shoemaker Mile (gr. IT) on the Hollywood Park turf course for Brahm's next start.
Brahms has raced just once on dirt, finishing seventh in the 1999 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park in the only off-the-board finish of his career.
Brahms' last win came on the Hollywood Park turf course in the Early Times Hollywood Derby (gr. IT). However, the son of Danzig finished second on the track that day and was awarded first place via the disqualification of Designed for Luck. The 4-year-old has won five of 12 career races and earned $675,025 for owner Thomas F. Van Meter II.
Others under consideration for the Met Mile include Bobby Hurley's 3-year-old Songandaprayer, the Todd Pletcher-trained pair of Trippi and Left Bank, Oaklawn Park Handicap (gr. I) winner Traditionally, and Carter Handicap (gr. I) winner Peeping Tom.
Flatbird Stable's Peeping Tom was a $40,000 claim just over a year ago and has since earned his first grade I win in the Carter on closing day at Aqueduct May 6.
"He'll probably go a couple easy half-miles before the Met Mile," trainer Patrick Reynolds said. "He's pretty tight right now. He'll breeze four or five days from now and then with five or six days until the race."
Peeping Tom is undefeated in four starts as a 4-year-old, with his last defeat coming in a second-place outing in the one-turn Cigar Mile (gr. I) last November at Aqueduct. All four of the gelding's starts this year have come in sprints, but he did win a one-turn mile race on a sloppy track at Belmont Park last May.
"He could pretty much do anything you ask him to," Reynolds said. "His best races have come sprinting and at a one-turn mile and that's where we'll keep him for now. He might stretch out somewhere down the road."
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