Our Peak, 73-1, Shocks Foes in Private Terms
Updated: Saturday, March 25, 2006 10:30 PM
Posted: Saturday, March 25, 2006 9:22 PM
Twin Oaks Stable's Our Peak, a 73-1 longshot with leading rider Rosie Napravnik working the reins, nipped Ah Day by a neck to win the $85,000 Private Terms for 3-year-olds Saturday at Laurel Park.
Napravnik, the 18-year-old apprentice sensation, brought the son of Peaks And Valleys
home in 1:38.66 in the one-mile Private Terms.
Katy Voss trains Our Peak, a winner of just a maiden race and an allowance start, both at nearby Charles Town. The Private Terms was his stakes debut.
Our Peak lit up the pari-mutuel board with payoffs of $149.80, $48.20, and $13 across the board. He topped a $960.80 exacta with Ah Day ($7.60, $4.20) and a $5,146.20 trifecta with Ah Day and Sunshine Alpine ($3.60), who finished third.
"He was in a pretty good position, and I got to pick my spot behind the frontrunners," Napravnik said. "I thought he might get tired because he was on his left lead the entire time and was stretching out for the first time but, when I tapped him on the shoulder, he woke up and I knew we had a chance."
"He ran great," said Voss. "This was a tough race to try going long for the first time, and he passed the test."
Happy Surprise, the 2-1 favorite in the field of 11, finished eighth.
In four of the last five years, the winner of this race ended up competing in the Preakness Stakes that same spring: Bay Eagle (2001), Magic Weisner (2002), Water Cannon (2004), and Malibu Moonshine (2005).
Only two of the 11 runners in the field were nominated to the Triple Crown, including Our Peak.
Napravnik, who has 77 victories during the current meet, is one of three bug riders ranked in the top seven nationally in victories.
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