Grand Slam connects in Peter Pan, may go for round trip in Belmont


ELMONT, N.Y. -- If you were looking for a horse to challenge Real Quiet on the lip of the Triple Crown, look no further: Grand Slam, trained by D. Wayne Lukas, won the Peter Pan Stakes yesterday to stay undefeated at Belmont Park and create a new role as the potential spoiler.

This is a horse whose past is filled with agony and ecstasy. Last year, he won the Belmont Futurity in September and outran Lil's Lad to win the Champagne Stakes at Belmont in October. But in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile in November, he suffered a deep cut in his left hind leg and missed four months of racing.

In March at Santa Anita, Grand Slam ran sixth in the San Pedro. In April at Keeneland, he ran third in the Lexington. Yesterday, back at Belmont Park, he won his fourth straight race on his favorite track when he outran Rubiyat by two lengths in the 1 1/8 -mile Peter Pan. Now he may challenge Kentucky Derby and Preakness champion Real Quiet in the Belmont Stakes on June 6.

"He's come a long way," Lukas said. "But the Belmont, at a mile and a half, is a big order. We'll have to wait a week and see how he came out of this race."

Rubiyat held second by a length over Parade Ground. Grand Slam was clocked in 1 minute, 49 seconds, returned $6.40 for a $2 bet to win and earned $90,000.

Pub Date: 5/25/98

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