Plantation improves to 4-0 by capturing Private Terms

March 21, 2010|By Sports Digest

Nellie Mae Cox's Plantation remained undefeated, edging Reckless Runner and five other 3-year-olds to win the $70,000 Private Terms Stakes at Laurel Park on Saturday. Travis Dunkelberger rode Plantation, the second choice at post time, to his fourth victory in four races. Plantation won by a half-length and finished the one-mile race in 1 minute, 37.18 seconds. Reckless Runner relinquished his lead late in the race, and Regal Warrior finished third. "We just sat off the pace and hoped they'd run out there a little bit so we didn't get in a speed duel," Dunkelberger said of Plantation, who paid $5.40 and topped a $54.60 exacta and $179 trifecta. "He settled good and ran down the lane. He's learned something every race. He's getting better and better and better." Said trainer Rodney Jenkins: "He's a very big horse and is very deceiving. When you watch this horse run, he looks like he's cantering. Probably has one of the best minds I've ever had around a horse." Odds-on favorite Dont Blame the Cat finished fifth.

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