Alternation flies late to win G2 Peter Pan
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Alternation gave his sire Distorted Humor his second stakes winner at Belmont Park in two days with a thrilling come-from-behind win in the $200,000 Peter Pan S. (G2) on May 14. And like Much Rejoicing, who won the Glia S. the previous day, the Peter Pan marked the first stakes win for 3-year-old dark bay or brown colt.

Alternation sat in mid-pack through opening fractions of 23.78, 47.14 and 1:11.90 for the first six furlongs. Ramon Dominguez, who was aboard for the first time, launched his bid near the top of the stretch, going four wide to run down favored Adios Charlie in the final strides. The official margin of victory was a head, with a final time of 1:49.53 for the 1 1/8 miles. Alternation earned a career-best 94 Beyer Speed Figure for the effort.

“I was very impressed,” said Dominguez. “It was good to see that as big as he is, he’s also got tactical speed and more than one gear.”

Donnie Von Hemel, who trains the colt for Pin Oak Stable, also the colt's breeder, said the $1 million Belmont S. (G1) on June 11 was one of several options for Alternation.

“We’ll probably go back to Arlington Park (where Von Hemel is based), but we’ll certainly keep all of our options open,” said Von Hemel.

Alternation has won four of six starts, with earnings of $215,004. The Kentucky bred is out of the Seattle Slew mare Alternate, a three-time stakes winner of $550,695. Alternate is a half-sister to Canadian Horse of the Year and 3-year-old champion Peaks and Valleys.

Distorted Humor is having another excellent year for WinStar Farm; he currently ranks sixth nationally in earnings, with six stakes winners, led by Machen, recent winner of the Grade 3 Derby Trial at Churchill Downs.
In The Stud Feature: Paynter

In The Stud Feature: Paynter

WinStar stallion Paynter was featured recently in Paulick Report’s “In the Stud,” a series put...

[read more]

Star Breeder of the Month: John and Tanya Gunther

Star Breeder of the Month: John and Tanya Gunther

John and Tanya Gunther, WinStar’s Star Breeder of the Month, bred Tamarkuz, winner of the...

[read more]

Mr. Meister sparkles on Gulfstream Park turf title=
Bodemeister

Mr. Meister sparkles on Gulfstream Park turf

Top-five First-Crop sire Bodemeister chalked up his second maiden special weight winner in two days on Sunday when the regally-bred Mr. Meister scored by 1 1/2-lengths...

[read more]

Bodemeister moves into Top Five on Freshman Sire list title=
Bodemeister

Bodemeister moves into Top Five on Freshman Sire list

American Anthem surged in the final furlong of his maiden special weight debut Saturday at Del Mar to win the six-furlong contest by a neck after making up four lengths from mid-stretch to the wire...

[read more]

Midnight Storm adds Native Diver S. (G3) to sparkling resume title=
Pioneerof the Nile

Midnight Storm adds Native Diver S. (G3) to sparkling resume

Three weeks after a very game performance in the Breeders' Cup Mile (G1), Midnight Storm easily won his first main track graded stakes in Sunday's $100,000 Native Diver S. (G3) at Del Mar...

[read more]

Tiznow's Term of Art earns first graded win in Cecil B. DeMille (G3) title=
Tiznow

Tiznow's Term of Art earns first graded win in Cecil B. DeMille (G3)

Term of Art forged to the lead in the final sixteenth of a mile en route to his 1 1/4-length victory in Sunday's $100,000 Cecil B. DeMille S. (G3) at Del Mar...

[read more]

Bodemeister filly tallies sharp score in FG turf MdSpWt title=
Bodemeister

Bodemeister filly tallies sharp score in FG turf MdSpWt

Rickey's Girl unleashed a strong kick in the final furlong of a one-mile maiden special weight turf affair Saturday at Fair Grounds...

[read more]

Korea Racing Authority purchases Take Charge Indy

Korea Racing Authority purchases Take Charge Indy

Florida Derby (G1) winner & millionaire Take Charge Indy has been purchased by Korea Racing Authority (KRA) and will stand stud in South Korea in 2017...

[read more]

Cash Control gets the money in the Grade 3 Cardinal H. title=
Pioneerof the Nile

Cash Control gets the money in the Grade 3 Cardinal H.

Pioneerof the Nile's Cash Control earned her second career graded stakes victory Saturday at Churchill Downs with a commanding four-length victory in the $100,000 Cardinal H. (G3)...

[read more]

Artie Schiller's Macagone wins sire's namesake stakes title=
Artie Schiller

Artie Schiller's Macagone wins sire's namesake stakes

Artie Schiller's Macagone fittingly won the Aqueduct stakes named after his sire on Saturday with a determined stretch run, defeating Blacktype (FR) by three-quarters of a length...

[read more]