03/12/2016 5:39PM

Sophia's Song scores in first start for Pletcher in Caesar's Wish

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The 3-year-old filly Sophia's Song scores as the heavy favorite under Victor Carrasco in the Caesar's Wish.

Sophia's Song, making her first start for trainer Todd Pletcher after changing hands following an optional claiming victory at Gulfstream Park, went wire to wire to win the $75,000 Caesar's Wish Stakes at Laurel Park on Saturday.

Caesar's Wish, a 3-year-old daughter of Bellamy Road, had previously raced for Woodbine-based trainer Sid Attard. She was acquired by Oklahoma owner Bill Mathis - who was on hand at Laurel on Saturday - after scoring by 6 1/4 lengths at Gulfstream on Dec. 30.

In the one-mile Caesar's Wish, Sophia's Song went right to the lead under Victor Carrasco, who rated her on an open lead through fractions of 24.48 seconds, 48.07, and 1:12.67. She was not seriously challenged in the stretch despite drifting outward a bit and won by four lengths. She paid $2.60 and was timed in 1:38.40.

Great Soul, the second choice in the field at 9-2, saved ground to the stretch, then continued willingly to hold the place by a nose over In the Navy, who lagged far back early and made up quite a deal of ground in the final three furlongs.

Sophia's Song is now 3 for 4 in her career with earnings of $99,832.

Private Terms: Abiding Star wire to wire as longest shot

Abiding Star, the longest shot on the board in the Private Terms Stakes, took the lead on the first turn of the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and was never headed.

Abiding Star, who is based at Parx Racing with trainer Ned Allard, was stretching out from a six-furlong allowance victory at Parx on Feb. 29. He was fanned wide from the outside post in the Private Terms, opened a clear lead, and then slowed down the pace under jockey Jevian Toledo, clicking off relaxed fractions of 24.84, 49.66, and 1:15.02.

Abiding Star had plenty left for the stretch run and won comfortably by 1 1/2 lengths. He was timed in 1:46.61 and paid $39.40 in the six-horse field.

In the start prior to his allowance victory, Abiding Star won a $40,000 maiden-claiming race at Laurel on Jan. 1. A son of Uncle Mo, he is now 3 for 8 with earnings of $109,985.

Flash McCaul rallied after the winner to be second best. He finished six lengths ahead of Whiskey Tree, who raced closest to the winner to the stretch.

Marengo Road, winner of the Miracle Wood Stakes on Feb. 15, lacked the needed closing kick and finished fourth.

Charmed Victory, the 3-2 favorite who had finished second in the Miracle Wood, raced in last position early, lacked a response when asked, and finished a well-beaten fifth.