We The People are ‘ripening at the right time’ for the third jewel in the Triple Crown – Horse Racing News

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We the People wins the Peter Pan by more than 10 lengths

WinStar Farm, CMNWLTH and We the People of Siena Farm did their penultimate work Friday in preparation for the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets, covering a half-mile in 48.39 seconds on the main track of Belmont.

“It was an easy, very routine half for him,” said coach Rodolphe Brisset, who was on board for work. “It was exactly what we were looking for. Just a maintenance job to get us into a perfect spot for next week. We just love the way he acts and trains here. He’s not an easy horse and he seems to be maturing at the right time. Hopefully the next two weeks will be the same.

Constitution’s son established himself as one of the top contenders at the Belmont with a resounding victory at Grade 3’s Peter Pan on May 14, the latest homegrown preparation for the ‘Champion’s Test’. We the People led every step of the way on a good sealed Big Sandy to win their first graded stakes by 10 1/4 lengths. He covered all nine stadiums in 1:48.27 and earned a 103 Beyer speed figure for the effort.

“We were happy with the numbers and you’ll always have people saying it was a sealed lead and an easy lead,” Brisset said. “But I just feel like it was the right effort right before the Belmont and I think it’s the right move to direct him to the big one now.”

Brisset’s other rider in the Peter Pan, Western River, completed the superfecta after stumbling at the start and bidding into the lane. Gray Tapit was beaten a neck for show honors by Electability, who finished a nose behind runner-up Golden Glider.

Brisset said Western River had been considered for the Belmont, but will bypass with other summer goals in mind.

“We kicked him out a few days ago and he’s already back at Keeneland,” Brisset said. “If we had run one-two [in the Peter Pan], entry fees and running fees would have been waived for the Belmont, but it got beat up head and neck for the place. He would have to face We the People again and we felt that was just not the right move for the horse.

Western River could target listed business this summer or a potential debut in the $135,000 Curlin on July 29 at Saratoga Racetrack.

“We will look at a grant at Churchill Downs in June and if he wins it we will look at the [Grade 3] Indiana or Ohio Derby or even the Curlin,” Brisset said.

WinStar Farm and Siena Farm’s Kuchar could be considered for a start in the Belmont after a 1 1/4 mile win in an off-pitch allowance for kids 3 and older in Churchill on May 22.

Ridden to victory by Florent Geroux, the colt of Uncle Mo finished second for the first three quarters before taking control and leading the rest of the way. Kuchar dug in and held his lane advantage and crossed the two-length wire best.

“Kuchar is under consideration for the Belmont simply because he won at a mile and a quarter and beat older horses,” Brisset said. “Talking with Florent after the race, he said he was expecting horses. Looking at the replay, you can see on pole eight he looked like he was almost in trouble but he rebounded hard. Based on that, I thought maybe it wasn’t a bad idea to put him on a no-commitment review. We brought him back to Keeneland and he resumed training. He has cleaned the feed tank and is moving well. I’m going to give myself a few more days before I really commit to it.

Brisset said Kuchar could also target the Grade 3 Ohio Derby on June 25 at Thistledown.

“The timing would be better in the Ohio Derby,” Brisset said. “It’s 50/50. If I had to lean anywhere it would be the Ohio Derby, but things can change.

A homebred for WinStar Farm, Kuchar broke his young daughter on third bid by a nose before facing the winners for the first time at Oaklawn on April 23. He set a steady pace under Geroux before giving the lead to Home Brew to be defeated 1 3/4 lengths. He is the fourth foal of Street Girl, the Street Hero mare placed in Grade 1.

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