03/09/2013 6:46PM

Laurel: Mr Palmer rallies from last to win Private Terms

Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club
Mr Palmer wins the Private Terms as the 8-5 favorite for trainer Bill Mott.

Mr Palmer overcame a sluggish start and passed all eight of his opponents in an emphatic victory Saturday in the $100,500 Private Terms Stakes at Laurel Park in Laurel, Md.

With Junior Alvarado riding for trainer Bill Mott, Mr Palmer prevailed by 3 1/2 lengths after rallying widest of all for the stretch run of the 1 1/8-mile Private Terms. He returned $5.60 as the favorite in a field of nine 3-year-olds after finishing in 1:51.35 over a fast track.

“You’ve got to get excited about a 3-year-old like this,” said Mike Lauffer, who co-owns the son of Pulpit with Gregory McDonald. “We’ll try to put this colt on the [Kentucky] Derby and Preakness trail – if he’s good enough, you know.”

Mr Palmer took six tries to win a maiden race before finally doing so last month at Aqueduct. In the Private Terms, he “broke like a step slow, but I wasn’t worried,” said Alvarado. “I was just trying to find a clean trip and I had to go a little bit wide. But he’s got so much class, when I asked him, he definitely took off. He’s a professional.”

Battier, a 19-1 shot, finished second, a head before Seventeenohsix. Where’s Dominic and Dynamic Strike, both sent away at 5-2, were fourth and fifth, respectively.

The $2 exacta (6-8) paid $58.80; the $1 trifecta (6-8-10) returned $255.40; and the 10-cent superfecta (6-8-10-1) was worth $55.73.

Keith More than 1 year ago
I'd say the Wood Memorial is up next for this Mott runner! The Quiet American underneath added stamina to the Pulpit influence up top, and this guy sure looked like he would have relished even more ground than the 9f he had today! Keith L.