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Kentucky Derby and Horse Racing at The Downey Profile®

Private Terms Goes to Bridget's Big Luvy

3/21/2015

Bridget's Big Luvy went gate-to-wire over a muddy track at Laurel Park to win the Private Terms Stakes on Saturday.

A Maryland-bred son of Tiz Wonderful coming off a fifth-place finish in the Hutcheson Stakes and equipped with blinkers for the first time, Bridget’s Big Luvy set fractions of :24.25, :48.14 and 1:13.14 before crossing the finish line in 1:51.92. Under jAngel Cruz,  he won by 2 1/2 lengths in front of Bodhisattva. It was another 2 1/2 lengths back to Net Gain in third. They were followed by Slick William, Combat Diver and Now We Are Free.

“If I didn’t tell you it was exciting I would be telling a lie,” said trainer Jeremiah Engleheart. “I get caught up like everyone else this time of year…it’s a special time of year. I would like to be part of the talk and the fun surrounding (the Triple Crown).”

Bridget’s Big Luvy, who chased Remsen and Holy Bull runner-up Frosted in his first two starts, broke his maiden on the mud at Belmont Park in October before finishing fifth in his 3-year-old debut in the Hutcheson.

“I always thought he was a pretty nice horse,” Englehart said. “The first two times in New York he ran against some pretty nice horses. We always thought he would stretch out. He was never comfortable in Florida handling the heat. We worked him in blinkers in his last two breezes. Even though we worked him we weren’t sure we were going to run him with them. We didn’t want him to be too keen early. But Angel gave him a super ride.”

“When we got to the front, we got there so easy," Cruz said. "He was really relaxed all the way, and coming out of the last turn he just kept going. I looked back and said, ‘Oh, my gosh. ’ He galloped out really well. I think that he can go a longer distance. When I got to the stretch I kept waiting and waiting, and kept going and going.”

The question is what to do next? “I’m going to talk to the owner,” Englehart said. “But you never know.”

Tom O'Grady owns the colt bred by Dark Hollow Farm. The May 17 foal is out of the Dixie Union mare Mystic.

Edited Maryland Jockey Club release with additional content by Dick Downey
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