Private Favorite Shake Em Loose Trounces – Horse Racing News

Shake Em Loose captures Private Terms in Laurel Park

JR Sanchez Racing Stable’s Shake Em Loose, a 59-1 upset winner in his first race after three starts back, proved the effort was no fluke by driving favorite Joe down the stretch to capture the $Private Terms 100,000 for Saturday from 1 ¾ lengths at Laurel Park.

The 33rd edition of Private Terms anchored five entries worth $450,000 in prize money in the St. Patrick’s Day weekend show, co-headlined by the $100,000 Beyond the Wire for 3-year-old fillies, won by Luna Belle.

Raced over two laps at approximately 1 1/16 miles, the Private Terms is the penultimate race in Laurel’s 3-year-old stakes series, followed by the $125,000 Federico Tesio which runs 1 1/8 miles on April 16, a ‘Win and Qualify’ for Triple Crown nominated horses for the 147th Preakness Stakes (G1) on May 21 at historic Pimlico Racecourse.

Driven by Charlie Marquez for owner and trainer Rodolfo Sanchez-Salomon, Shake Em Loose completed the distance in 1:46.80 on a fast main course and returned $12.

Joe, recently named the 2021 Maryland Male 2-Year-Old Champion, had his three-fight win streak snapped, but it was a decisive second.

“You never expect much from a horse until you have it in your hands. So you have to go day by day and look at the horses,” Sánchez-Salomón said. “At first, I thought he was just going to be a normal horse. I never thought it would be something like this. Day by day it is improving. He has taught me a lot.”

Joe’s Michael Trombetta-trained stablemate Conclusive, sixth behind Local Motive in the one-mile Miracle Wood on Feb. 19, ran off his inside post and ran the first quarter in :23.73 and a half at 47.59 closely followed by Local Motive. Shake Em Loose, breaking from the outside, ran unhindered around the first corner as Joe fell to the rail in fourth.

Marquez, the Maryland teen sensation and 2021 Eclipse Award Finalist as a Champion Apprentice who won the first bets of his career on Private Terms with Shackled Love last year, launched his bid by leaving the homestretch. Shake Em Loose moved into second halfway through the far corner and caught up with Conclusive after six furlongs in 1:12.80.

Shake Em Loose straightened home with the lead and was set up for a drive when Joe, who had been tipped off in the corner by jockey Victor Carrasco, chased him green across the lane and had to settle for the second place, six lengths ahead of Local. Motive, followed by Majestic Frontier, Conclusive, Micro Star and Eagle in Love. Maximum impact was scratched.

“He is such a direct horse. I knew (Joe) was the horse to beat, so jumping him was probably the most important part of the race,” Marquez said. “Once I asked him to run, he really got going, and I just didn’t want to get in his way from there.”

Sanchez-Salomon claimed Shake Em Loose for $16,000 from a 3 ¾ length victory last November at Laurel. In his later start, he came from behind to win the Heft over seven furlongs and began 2022 by finishing seventh in the Spectacular Offer, where he broke mid-air. He came into Private Terms following an optional 3 ¾ length win on Feb. 27 at Laurel, and the trainer said he would be recommended for Tesio.

“That’s our next step, if God allows us to get there and have a good horse by then,” he said. “It’s fun to have a horse like this, especially when you own it and train it.”

Private Terms raced in Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Janney’s Locust Hill Farm colors, winning 12 races, nine stakes and more than $1.2 million between 1987 and 1989, including the 1988 Federico Tesio (G3) and Wood Memorial (G1) and the 1989 Mass. Lid (G2). His record of 1:47 1/5 for winning the 1989 Never Bend Handicap at Pimlico still stands. He sired the millionaire Grade 1 winners Soul of the Matter and Afternoon Deelites.

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