Water Cannon's impressive win raises thoughts of Preakness try

Victory in Private Terms 4th straight for gelding

Horse Racing

March 28, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Water Cannon put visions of the Preakness squarely in the minds of those who watched the Maryland-bred gelding trounce a field of six 3-year-olds yesterday in the $60,000 Private Terms Stakes at Laurel Park.

Sent to the post as the 4-5 favorite, Water Cannon trumped his impressive victory in the Miracle Wood Stakes here last month when he stayed with a tepid pace, made a move at the pacesetter and then shot past Mahican to take command.

He finished under wraps in 1 minute, 45.42 seconds for the nine-furlong race, which is only 1/16th of a mile shy of the Preakness distance. Acclimate took second and Major Tanner was third. Water Cannon paid $3.80.

"This went pretty easily and it was a little unexpected as far a race goes," said jockey Ramon Dominguez. "He broke a little flat-footed but he didn't panic. When I finally got him out, he made up ground a little quicker than I expected, but that didn't stop him and he kept on running - and he did it very easily, too."

It was the fourth straight win for the gelding since Bowie-based conditioner Linda Albert fitted him with blinkers.

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