NOMS ANNOUNCED FOR LAUREL PARK MARCH STAKES
Stakes winners and former stablemates Maythehorsebwithu and Hello Hot Rod top the list of 19 3-year-olds nominated to the $100,000 Private Terms Saturday, March 13 at Laurel Park.
The Private Terms, contested at about 1 1/16 miles, and $100,000 Beyond the Wire for 3-year-old fillies going one mile are the co-headliners on a Good Samaritan Day program featuring five stakes worth $450,000 in purses.
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Michael Dubb and Bethlehem Stables’ Maythehorsebwithu avenged a neck loss to Kenny Had a Notion in the Jan. 16 Spectacular Bid with a front-running four-length triumph in the one-mile Miracle Wood Feb. 20, a race where Kenny Had a Notion ran third. Trained by Brittany Russell, the son of Grade 1 winner Bullsbay was second in the First State Dash at 2.
Russell also trained and co-owned Hello Hot Rod before the Mosler colt was purchased by George Sharp for $335,000 at Fasig-Tipton’s Kentucky mixed sale Feb. 9 and moved to trainer Shawn Davis, based at Turf Paradise in Phoenix. Hello Hot Rod has won three straight races including the seven-furlong Jimmy Winkfield Jan. 31 at Aqueduct.
Pocket 3’s Racing’s Shackqueenking, by Preakness (G1) winner Shackleford, already owns two wins at 1 1/16 miles, breaking his maiden Nov. 28 and capturing the Howard County Dec. 26, both at Laurel, for local trainer Gary Capuano. He ran eighth in the 1 1/8-mile Withers (G3) last out Feb. 6.
Another nominee exiting the Withers, where he finished fifth, is E.V. Racing Stable’s Eagle Orb. The son of Florida Derby (G1) and Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Orb trained by Rudy Rodriguez won the Notebook against New York-breds in his juvenile finale before opening 2021 running second in the Jerome prior to the Withers.
Ten horses were nominated to the Private Terms off last-out wins, including the pair of Sainthood and Unbridled Honor, trained by Hall of Fame trainer nominee Todd Pletcher; and Zertz, a front-running 11 ¼-length allowance winner Feb. 17 at Penn National.
Lucky 7 Stables’ six-time stakes winner Street Lute and Team Gaudet and Five Hellions Farm’s Fraudulent Charge, second to Street Lute in back-to-back stakes, are among 27 horses nominated to the Beyond the Wire. Street Lute is on a five-race win streak, all in stakes, but has never raced beyond seven furlongs for trainer Jerry Robb.
Fraudulent Charge has raced three times, all at seven furlongs, breaking her maiden first time out and rallying to get within a nose of Street Lute in the Gin Talking Dec. 26 at Laurel. Most recently, she came with a wide run but fell a length short of Street Lute in the Feb. 20 Wide Country.
BB Horses’ Miss Leslie, second in the six-furlong Xtra Heat to Street Lute Jan. 16 and sixth in the Wide Country, stretched out to win the 1 1/16-mile Anne Arundel County Dec. 26 in her juvenile finale for Maryland’s four-time defending training champion Claudio Gonzalez. Country Life Farm’s Moonsafe was nominated off a 15 ¼-length maiden score Feb. 27 at Laurel.
Pletcher nominated Shadwell Stable’s homebred Zaajel, undefeated in two career starts. The daughter of Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense broke her maiden by 7 ¼ lengths Dec. 20 and debuted at 3 winning the Forward Gal (G3) Jan. 30, both going seven furlongs at Gulfstream Park. Trainer Tom Amoss, a multiple Grade 1 winner of more than 3,800 races, nominated four horses including My Trusty Cat winner Littlestitious and Save, unbeaten in two starts.
Also prominent among nominees are Buckey’s Charm, second in the Anne Arundel County and fourth in the Wide Country; last-out winners Dollar Mountain, Hybrid Eclipse, Into Vanishing, Promise the World, Proper Attire, Slumber Party and Song of Innocence.
The $100,000 Harrison E. Johnson for 4-year-olds and up going 1 1/8 miles attracted 24 nominations including multiple stakes winners Alwaysmining, Cordmaker and Forewarned; Grade 2 winner Shotski; Tattooed, winner of the Jan. 16 Jennings at Laurel and second in the General George (G3) Feb. 20; 2020 Fire Plug winner Honor the Fleet and Galerio, second in the Jennings and Feb. 20 John B. Campbell.
Older Maryland-bred/sired sprinters will go six furlongs in the $75,000 Not For Love featuring graded-stakes winners Laki and Still Having Fun, and Whereshetoldmetogo, a back-to-back stakes winner at Laurel to end 2020 awaiting his seasonal debut; and seven furlongs in the $75,000 Conniver for females with multiple stakes winner Artful Splatter and Kiss the Girl and Coconut Cake, respectively 2-3 in the one-mile Geisha Jan. 16.