Kid Cruz Gallops Late to Take Private Terms
Kid Cruz, a Linda Rice trainee claimed in November after breaking his maiden, came running late to win the Private Terms Stakes at Laurel Park.
The son of Lemon Drop Kid covered the 1 1/8 mile distance in 1:54.82 and paid $10.40 to win, $5.60 to place and $3.80 to show. Joint Custody loomed a winner in mid-stretch but finished second, four lengths back after staggering a bit in the lane. Matuszak rallied to take third. Starry Moon, Roman Fire, Baratti, Classic Giacnroll, Elevated, Mr. Rover and Kobel rounded out the order of finish.
Baratti, the 8-5 favorite, never seemed to get hold of the track.
Meanwhile Kid Cruz sat 18 1/2 lengths off a half-mile pace of :49.93 under Julian Pimentel.
“I never thought we would be so far back. I figured we would be in the middle of the pack, but it took me awhile to get him going,” the jockey said. “He wasn’t going anywhere, but around the three-eighths pole he kicked in by himself and got rolling.”
Kid Cruz beat maiden claimers in his second start and was claimed by Rice. He made his season debut in late January with a second place finish around two turns against allowance runners at Aqueduct.
"After we claimed this horse, we evaluated him and thought he was a little immature mentally and detected some slight sensitivity in his left shin, so we backed up on him a little, freshened him up,” assistant trainer Sam Randazzo said. “He started training very well for his last race and he ran very well that day to just miss by a half a length. His breezes between that effort and today were getting progressively better. Linda thought that the mile and an eighth here at Laurel and his running style would be suited to the Private Terms. I do think he will run further than what he ran today, so we could see him in some longer races in the future.”
Kid Cruz, who is nominated to the Triple Crown series, improved to two-for-four lifetime with earnings of $101,375. He's owned by Vina Del Mar Thoroughbreds and Black Swan Stable. Bred in Kentucky by Machmer Hall, Kid Cruz is out of Layreebelle, by Tale of the Cat.
Edited Laurel Park release with additional content by Dick Downey
Photo Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club