Laurel weekend

March 25, 2000|By Bob Pickering

Today: The $75,000 Private Terms Stakes, set for its 12th running, has attracted 10 3-year-olds, including several nominees for the Triple Crown series.

While several of those entered have never gone 1 1/8 miles, Connect, Oro de Tejano and Dawn of the Condors have won at this route.

Connect won the Miracle Wood stakes here in January, while Oro de Tejano and Dawn of the Condors are local allowance victors.

Of those eligible for the Triple Crown, Ben the Man would have been the classiest of the group. But the colt won an allowance race yesterday at Aqueduct and won't make the trip to Maryland. Besides Connect, Icarian is the only other stakes winner in the field. He was the 29-to-1 upsetter in the Herat Stakes here last month.

Be sure to watch the simulcast from Turfway for a cameo appearance by Cigar, who retired in 1996. He'll be paraded before the fans in Kentucky at about 3: 15 p.m.

Tomorrow: Case of the Blues, winner of back-to-back, added-money events recently, and North Lake Jane, the only other stakes winner in the field, share the spotlight in the seventh running of the Wide Country Stakes.

The small but classy field, which drew seven 3-year-old fillies, is worth $75,000 and will be staged over 1 1/8 miles.

Case of the Blues has been in the zone lately while winning the Jameela and Landaura Stakes. She crashed the winner's circle as a 2-year-old while winning Laurel's Toddler.

North Lake Jane entered the stakes ranks by winning the Salem County Stakes at the Meadowlands last October.

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