Still Having Fun will be back in action Saturday in the $100,000 Private Terms Stakes. It will be first two-turn test for the colt who comes into the race off consecutive wins in the Frank Whiteley, Jr. and Miracle Wood Stakes.
Tattooed gave the barn a winner for the third weekend last Saturday. The 3-year-old stepped forward in a big way in a 1-mile allowance. The son of Etched made a swooping move around the turn and stayed clear of his competition to win by 3 1/2 lengths. Tim said he would look for a first-level allowance against open company next time out for the Maryland-bred.
Earlier Saturday in the second race, Rare Eagle finished a closing second. He was claimed out of the race and one of the “barn favorites” will be missed.
As expected, heavy rain showed up throughout much of the East Coast last weekend and Laurel Park was left with a sloppy and sealed surface for all three days of racing.
Perfect Deal didn’t mind. The 5-year-old mare pulled clear of her competition through the stretch of Friday’s third race to win by 3 1/2 lengths. It was the first of two wins Friday at Laurel for owner Nancy Lee Farms, who won later in the day with Eastern Bay.
There was a lot going on Saturday at Laurel Park. Six stakes races, all run in a snowstorm that got increasingly heavier as the day went on. Although the snow had not yet reached its peak, the Miracle Wood Stakes certainly featured a lot of action, especially for even-money favorite Still Having Fun.
“His will to want to be the first one to the wire got him there,” Tim said Wednesday morning a few days after the colt’s triumph in the $100,000 Miracle Wood.
Still Having Fun fought his way to a second stakes victory, in similar fashion to his first.
“I was concerned when he broke so slow, then I was concerned when he was running last down the backside,” Tim said. “He gave every reason why he didn’t have to win. He never really had it easy, but he overcame everything and was able to get there by a neck.”
The 3-year-old broke lackadaisically from his inside post and found himself in last as the field raced out of the 1-mile chute. After briefly steadying off heels down the backside, Feargal Lynch stayed to the inside with the favorite and kept progressing forward around the turn.
Lynch and Still Having Fun were kept inside by their rivals as the field straightened for home. With longshot pacesetter Old Time Revival and familiar foe Wentz to his outside, Still Having Fun gritted out one last push in the final furlong to get up and win by a neck.