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LAUREL, MD – Z W P Stable and Non Stop Stable homebred Shackled Love‘s 21/1 upset in the $100,000 Private Terms Stakes topped Saturday’s Good Samaritan Day card at Laurel Park.
Shackled Love and apprentice jockey Charlie Marquez dueled outside and heads apart with the even-money favorite Maythehorsebwithu throughout most of the event until the Gary Capuano trainee edged ahead late to win by a 1/2-length. The Maryland-bred gelded son of Shackleford improved his record to 6-2-2-0 with $117,132 earned while giving Marques his first career stakes win.
Excellorator, Shackqueenking, Zertz, Royal Number, and Commodore Perry completed the order of finish.
“He ran such a game race last time out and he ran a pretty decent number. He’s got some staying power, so we thought we’d take a shot,” Capuano said. “He drew a good post and there was nothing coming up right away. He’s got some talent.”
Shackled Love returned $45.60 to win, $13 to place, and $6.20 to show. Maythehorsebwithu brought back $3.20 to place and $2.60 to show. Excellorator paid $4 to show.
In the $75,000 Conniver for Maryland-bred fillies and mares 4 and up going 7 furlongs on dirt, the 2/1 favorite Kiss the Girl took the lead in deep stretch and prevailed by 3/4 of a length under Victor Carrasco. The 4-year-old Into Mischief filly’s record now stands at 12-4-2-2 with $221,056 earned for Three Diamond Farms.
Lookin Dynamic finished second to give trainer Mike Trombetta the barn exacta. Whispering Pines, Artful Splatter, S W Briar Rose, Deep Red, and Coconut Cake completed the order of finish.
“(The victory) means a lot to all of us,” Trombetta said. “It’s always fun to win a stake, but you take a filly that has this type of pedigree and it becomes very important.”
Kiss the Girl returned $6 to win, $3.80 to place, and $3 to show. Lookin Dynamic brought back $6.60 to place and $4.40 to show. Whispering Pines paid $4.60 to show.
In the $100,000 Harrison E. Johnson Memorial for horses 4 and up going 1 1/8 miles on dirt, the co-3/1 favorites Cordmaker and Galerio dueled from start to finish, with Cordmaker ultimately getting the victory over Galerio by 1 length. Victor Carrasco was aboard the Rodney Jenkins-trained 6-year-old gelded son of Curlin, whose record now stands at 28-9-4-6 with $588,640 earned for Hillwood Stable.
Dixie Drawl, Forewarned, Plots the Dots, Mischief Afoot, Tattooed, Awesome D J, and Saratoga Snack completed the order of finish.
“This horse has got some tactical speed, and we haven’t been using it,” Jenkins said. “Victor was great today. He got him out there, didn’t have to use him a lot, and he finished like a good horse.”
Cordmaker returned $8.60 to win, $4 to place, and $3 to show. Galerio brought back $4.40 to place and $3.40 to show. Dixie Drawl paid $3.20 to show.
In the $75,000 Not for Love for Maryland-breds 4 and up going 6 furlongs on dirt, the 1/5 favorite Whereshetoldmetogo brought no surprises with an expected victory for the red-hot wife-husband duo of trainer Brittany and jockey Sheldon Russell. The 6-year-old gelded son of El Padrino improved his record to 25-10-5-2 with $586,291 earned for Madaket Stables, Ten Strike Racing, Michael Kisber, and Black Cloud Stable.
Karan’s Notion, Day the Music Died, Abuelo Paps, Stroll Smokin, Carey Times, and Odds On completed the order of finish.
“The horse looked like he was comfortable the whole way,” Brittany Russell said. “Sheldon had him in a good spot and they took care of it.”
Whereshetoldmetogo returned $2.40 to win, $2.10 to place, and $2.10 to show. Karan’s Notion brought back $3.60 to place and $2.60 to show. Day the Music Died paid $3.20 to show.
In the $100,000 Beyond the Wire for 3-year-old fillies going a one-turn mile on dirt, Joel Politi’s Littlestitious caught Fraudulent Charge in deep stretch to score a slight upset at 4/1. The 3/5 favorite Street Lute‘s bid for a sixth straight stakes score fell flat as she finished third. Journeytothemoon and Buckey’s Charm completed the order of finish.
Littlestitious’ win was her first of 2021 and second in a stakes following last December’s My Trusty Cat at Delta Downs to improve her overall record to 8-3-2-1 with $204,340 earned. Sheldon Russell rode the Ghostzapper filly for trainer Tom Amoss.
“She’s a fighter and she’s fought in all of her races. Sheldon rode her just unbelievably well and positioned her down the stretch,” Politi said. “I had a feeling in mid-stretch that she was going to get there, but she definitely had to earn that.”
Littlestitious returned $10.20 to win, $4.20 to place, and $2.40 to show. Fraudulent Charge brought back $3.20 to place and $2.10 to show. Street Lute paid $2.10 to show.
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