10/10/2002 12:00AM

La Reine's Terms goes for sixth straight


La Reine's Terms, a winner of his last five starts - all stakes - will try to extend the streak in Saturday's $150,000 John D. Schapiro Memorial Breeders' Cup at Laurel Park.

La Reine's Terms, who is coupled in the wagering with Certantee, is the likely favorite in the 1 1/8-mile grass race, which drew 11 runners.

Three of the horses in the field, Dr. Kashnikow, Sardaukar, and Spectacular Light, also were entered in the $150,000 Cliff Hanger Handicap at The Meadowlands on Friday night.

Trained by Lawrence Murray and owned by Sondra Bender, the 7-year-old La Reine's Terms has never been better.

La Reine's Terms's win streak began last November when he won the Find Stakes at Laurel. Since then, the son of Private Terms has reeled off wins in the Da Hoss Stakes at Colonial Downs, the Find (run this year in August), the Labor Day Handicap at Mountaineer Park, and the Maryland Million Turf in his last start on Sept. 21.

Although he has won over several tracks, La Reine's Terms might like Laurel, where he is 4 for 9, the best. He also has won half of his 10 starts at the Schapiro Memorial distance.

La Reine's Terms, a closer, drew the rail and is the highweight at 121 pounds. Horatio Karamanos has been named on both La Reine's Terms and Certantee.

If he runs, Dr. Kashnikow looks like the biggest threat to La Reine's Terms. A 5-year-old gelding, Dr. Kashnikow finished third in the Grade 2 Belmont Breeders' Cup Handicap in his last start Sept. 14. Although he is without a win in six starts this year, Dr. Kashnikow is capable of beating this field on his best day.

Mark Johnston rides Dr. Kashnikow, who drew post 8.

Sardaukar, who like Dr. Kashnikow would be making his first start at Laurel if he runs in the Schapiro Memorial, has run some decent races this year. Among his better efforts was a solid third in a New York allowance race last month behind Baptize and Green Fee, who came back and won last Saturday's Grade 2 Kelso at Belmont Park.

Megantic ships in from New York for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott. The Theatrical colt is making only his fourth start of the year and is coming off a third in the John Henry Stakes at The Meadowlands.

Elberton nearly stole the Maryland Million Turf on the front end, but blew the clear lead he had in the stretch and had to settle for second, beaten a neck by La Reine's Terms.

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