Raconteur caught Hakama in the final jump to win the one-mile Private Terms Stakes on Saturday at Laurel Park.
Raconteur raced behind the first four runners into the turn, then launched his bid four wide into the lane, slowly edging toward Hakama until the shadow of the wire, winning by a head. Brimstone Island finished another 1 3/4 length back in third.
Chris DeCarlo rode the A.P. Indy colt to victory in 1:37.69 over the fast main track.
“I didn’t want them to get too far ahead of me because speed had been holding all day,” DeCarlo said. “I know in his other races he had been a little further back, and I started niggling on him at the 5/8th pole. When we passed the first wire, I didn’t know if I’d get to him. I was actually lucky it was the second wire.”
The Todd Pletcher trainee won for the third time in eight starts and paid $5.60. Raconteur began his 3-year-old campaign with two straight victories before experiencing a troubled trip in the Grade III Gotham Stakes on March 3.
“Very determined effort,” Pletcher said via text. “He was ridden perfectly.”
Pletcher indicated Raconteur, owned by Dogwood Stables, could make his next start in the Canonero II Stakes (formerly the Federico Tesio) at Pimlico on Kentucky Derby day, May 5.
--Edited Maryland Jockey Club release