11/03/2001 1:00AM

Laurel: Favorite delivers


This time, there were no traffic problems to hinder La Reine's Terms.

Making amends for a near-collision that wiped him out of contention as the favorite in last month's Maryland Million Turf, La Reine's Terms ($7.40) bounced back by winning the $75,000 Find Handicap at Laurel Park.

Ridden by Larry Reynolds for trainer Larry Murray, La Reine's Terms covered 1 1/8 miles on firm turf in 1:50.12. New York shipper My Request rallied strongly to finish second, a half-length behind the winner.

"I can't tell you how lucky we were to escape the Maryland Million without injury," Murray said. "That could have been a real disaster. After being eliminated from contention that day, Larry just more or less got him safely around there. He bounced right back and showed his true form. Now he'll get some time off and he could be around for a long time, racing as lightly as he does."