Foul lifts 'Terms' into first in stakes Adcat dropped to second after accidental blow

November 15, 1998|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

Sometimes, finishing second is better than getting to the wire first.

That was the case yesterday in the $57,525 Japan Racing Association Stakes when a successful foul claim elevated La Reine's Terms to the winner's share at Laurel Park.

Jockey Larry Reynolds lodged the objection after the apparent winning rider, Mario Verge -- aboard Adcat -- accidentally hit Reynolds' mount on the nose with his whip while passing during the stretch run. The judges studied the films for more than five minutes, then reversed the order of finish.

Verge said: "I know my horse was much the best, but Larry says that I hit his horse at the 16th pole with my stick. If I did that, I didn't know that it happened."

Favored Karra Kul, a Canadian invader, finished third in the final stakes race on the turf this autumn, completing a $2,246.20 trifecta payoff.

With the nation's top jockey, Edgar Prado, out of action following a spill in the third race, it was a day of upsets and big returns for long-shot bettors.

La Reine's Terms went off at 6-to-1 and never led in the feature.

Adcat, owned by Gallagher's Stud, launched a furious rally from seventh in the 1 1/4 -mile event and rolled past everybody ahead of him with apparent ease. But Verge switched his crop from his right to his left hand while passing La Reine's Terms before going on to finish first by three lengths.

La Reine's Terms was fourth in the Maryland Million Turf in his previous start. The Private Terms colt is now 4-for-8 lifetime on grass.

Owner Sondra Bender was surprised to be placed first through disqualification, but said: "I feel badly for Adcat, but this happens in racing sometimes and I'll take the wins as they come."

Prado was thrown head over heels when Purple Peopleater stumbled badly while leaving the gate in the third race.

Fortunately, Prado was not seriously injured. He was removed from the track via ambulance, but didn't require hospitalization. Examination by the track physician revealed several contusions, but he is expected to ride again today after canceling the rest of his mounts yesterday.

Alan Foreman, founder of the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championships (MATCH) Series, presented handsome trophies and checks totaling $600,000 to winning owners and trainers in the series.

Pub Date: 11/15/98

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