Raconteur caught Hakama in the final jump to win the $100,000 Private Terms Stakes, the feature offering on a springlike Saturday at Laurel Park.
Raconteur raced behind the first four runners into the turn, then launched his bid four wide into the lane, slowly edging toward Hakama until the shadow of the wire, winning by a head. Brimstone Island finished an additional 13/4 lengths back in third.
"I didn't want them to get too far ahead of me because speed had been holding all day," DeCarlo said.
Raconteur, trained by Todd Pletcher, won for the third time in eight starts and paid $5.60.
Getaway wins on the turf
Laurel Park went green on St. Patrick's Day with the first turf races of the year. Fittingly a runner with Kelly green in her silks won the initial grass race.
Getaway, with Erick Rodriguez, took the first turf race of the year. The daughter of Skip Away paid $18.60 in her maiden victory. Getaway completed the 11/16-mile distance in 1:44.24.
"The turf was in really good condition," Rodriguez said. "My filly loved it."
Secret Circle wins Rebel
Even-money favorite Secret Circle won the $500,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. It was the third straight win for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert in the prep for the $1million Arkansas Derby. Secret Circle covered 11/16miles on a fast track in 1:44.55.
Elsewhere nationally, Horse of the Year Havre de Grace began defense of her title with a commanding victory in the $150,000 New Orleans Ladies Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course.
Raconteur spins a win with final jump