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Private Terms Anybody's Race


The one-mile Private Terms Stakes has come up wide open with nine entered at Laurel Park.

The morning line favorite is Dangerous Lad (5-2), a New York based son of Bob and John. He's two for three lifetime with an impressive maiden victory at Woodbine and a strong win over optional claimers at Aqueduct in late January. Trainer John Terranova has named Abel Castellano to ride.

Todd Pletcher counters with Raconteur (3-1), a two-time winner who scored in an optional claimer in New York before experiencing a troubled trip in the Grade III Gotham Stakes. Chris DeCarlo will ride  the A.P. Indy colt stationed at Belmont Park.

“He is very consistent and genuine,” Pletcher said. “Always tries hard.”

Cop a Tude (5-1) is undefeated after two starts at Laurel Park for trainer Graham Motion.  Leading rider Sheldon Russell has been aboard for both trips and retains the mount on the son of Officer.

“I have been impressed with him and know Graham thinks highly of him,” Russell said. “This will be his first time going a route of ground, but he showed in the sprints that he is fine behind horses and gallops out fine after the race, so distance should not be an issue.

“There is speed in the race,” added Russell. “Yo Koffy and (Dangerous Lad) look like they’ll be out front, but I like my horse. He got better second time out, and that is encouraging. We’ll see if he can get the mile distance or is just a closing sprinter.”

Mike Trombetta has won twice with Hakama (5-1), based at Fair Hill. The colt broke his maiden at Aqueduct, then won an optional claimer at Laurel on Jan. 4 but followed that with a sixth place finish in the Grade III Withers.  Julian Pimentel continues as his pilot.

Yo Koffy (6-1), a speedy son of Kafwain, ships from Parx Racing for trainer William Anderson. He has two wins in four starts and comes in off a victory at Laurel on Feb. 23. Jose Flores has the mount.

Maiden winners Romp City and Street Life are 10-1 on the morning line. Both are also entered in the $75,000 Broad Brush Stakes at Aqueduct Saturday.

Brimstone Island, who finished second in the Miracle Wood Stakes last out, and maiden victor Charge are both 12-1.

--Edited Maryland Jockey Club release


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