Charitable Man got back into the 3-year-old picture Saturday, pulling away to a 3 3/4-length win in the $200,000 Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park.
It was the third win in four starts for the colt trained by Kiaran McLaughlin. Unbeaten in two races last year, including the Futurity Stakes at Belmont, Charitable Man finished seventh in his season debut in the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland.
Next stop could be the Belmont Stakes on June 6.
"He is definitely bred to get a mile and a half and he likes this track and he did it the right way today, so we'll look at it," McLaughlin said of the final leg of the Triple Crown.
Back home at Belmont, Charitable Man was thoroughly in command in the Peter Pan. Never worse than second, he charged to the front at the top of the stretch and steadily improved his advantage with Alan Garcia aboard.
The time was 1:47.13 for the 1 1-8 miles on the fast track. The 8-5 favorite, Charitable Man paid $5.40, $3.60 and $3 while earning $120,000 for Mr. and Mrs. W. K. Warren.
Imperial Council rallied for second, returning $3 and $2.70. Brave Victory paid $5.30 to show.
Hello Broadway was fourth followed by Scorewithcater, Al Khali and Stately Character.