Staff reports

In our Big Move of the Week, we feature one horse each week who impressed and might warrant a spot on your watch list.  For the week through April 12, that horse is Perfect Title.

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  • Last race: Making his first start since running third in last year’s Grade 3 River City Handicap, Perfect Title made a big move in the lane to win going away by 1 3/4 lengths over third-level allowance rivals in 1:41.88 for 1 1/16 miles over firm turf at Laurel Park April 10.  Perfect Title rallied from last early and trailed by 7 1/2 lengths after three-quarters in 1:12 flat before rallying stoutly in the middle of the track under Victor Carrasco.  It was a solid group that Perfect Title defeated — he was second favorite at 2.10-1 — including talented English Minister, who finished fourth as the favorite, and the graded stakes-placed Procurement, who finished second.
  • Comparables: The race was the only turf route of the day at Laurel Park.  The track record for 1 1/16 miles is 1:40.99 — Perfect Title went in 1:41.88 — and earned a Beyer speed figure of 93, just shy of his career-best of 95.
  • Before now: Perfect Title has now won five of 25 career starts, and the win pushed his career earnings to just shy of $270,000.  The six-year-old has found new life since put on the turf for good last August, and he’s now won three of seven starts on the lawn.  In addition to his placing in the River City, Perfect Title ran second, beaten a nose, in the Laurel Turf Cup last fall.
  • Connections: Perfect Title is trained by Chuck Lawrence for Matthew Schera.
  • Breeding and auction history: Perfect Title was bred in Kentucky by Charles Fipke.  He’s by Perfect Soul out of the unraced Monarchos mare Title Seeker.
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(Music used in this video: First Call, by Kevin MacLeod (, Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0