A small field of six will go 1 1/8 miles on the Laurel Park main surface on Saturday in the $125,000 Federico Tesio Stakes. The 38th running of the Tesio is one of seven stakes races on the superb Saturday card, and it serves as a “Win & You’re In” contest to the Preakness Stakes (G1) on May 18 for Triple Crown -nominated runners.
Here is the field:
Bozzini Career Racing Stats
Total Career Earnings: $56,614
Top BRIS Speed rating (87) for second in allowance race
Owner: Jeremiah C. Englehart
Breeder: Sequel Stallions New York and Roberto Bravo (NY)
Trainer: Jeremiah C. Englehart
Jockey: Trevor McCarthy
Sire: Desert Party
This colt has improved his BRIS Speed figure in five straight races and makes his stakes debut on this occasion. The New York-bred three-year-old draws inside and comes off a game allowance run when battling back after being passed in the stretch. He could take back some early on while saving ground in a field with ample pace.
Alwaysmining Career Racing Stats
Total Career Earnings: $311,192
Top BRIS Speed rating (99) in Private Terms Stakes romp
Owner: Runnymede Racing LLC
Breeder: Avla Pitts (MD)
Trainer: Kelly Rubley
Jockey: Daniel Centeno
Sire: Stay Thirsty
Dam: What Will Be
Color: Dark Bay
This surging gelding owns a five-race win streak in which he has led at every call on each occasion. The dark bay Maryland-bred has shown marked improvement since joining the Rubley shedrow and is the clear one to beat in this spot. The four-time stakes winner retains Daniel Centeno in the irons and will aim to run them off of their respective hooves once again.
Dixie Drawl Career Racing Stats
Total Career Earnings: $36,150
Top BRIS Speed rating (83) in Private Terms Stakes fourth-placing
Owner: Skeedattle Associates
Breeder: F. G. Smith Sr. (SC)
Trainer: Hamilton Smith
Jockey: Victor Carrasco
Sire: Done Talking
Dam: Golden Pleasant
Color: Dark Bay
This South Carolina-bred sophomore was no match for the favorite when fourth in the Private Terms following a slow start. The three-year-old gelding looked good in his maiden breaker two prior, and he could benefit from a swift and contested early tempo. This contender could get a share if he runs to his bullet five-eighths drill two back.
Trifor Gold Career Racing Stats
Total Career Earnings: $41,119
Top BRIS Speed rating (88) in allowance race second
Owner: Copper Penny Stables
Breeder: Copper Penny Stables (MD)
Trainer: Mark Shuman
Jockey: Jorge Vargas Jr.
Dam: Gold Scammer
This contender did move forward some with the addition of blinkers most recently and continues to train well for Mark Shuman. The gelded Maryland-bred was game in defeat last time on this course and another forward move should find him battling for a piece at the finish.
Tybalt Career Racing Stats
Total Career Earnings: $106,810
Top BRIS Speed rating (93) in Miracle Wood Stakes third and maiden win
Owner: BB Horses and MCA Racing Stable LLC
Breeder: Jeffrey K., Stephanie E. and William K. Ramsey (KY)
Trainer: Claudio Gonzalez
Jockey: Jevian Toledo
Sire: Kitten’s Joy
Dam: Lone Tigress
Color: Dark Bay
This four-time stakes-placed gelding has been consistent, but he still has a lot of improvement to make in order to challenge the favorite in this spot. The Kentucky-bred three-year-old has a versatile running style that could see him sit just off the pace early on. He shows a trio of very good recent morning works in anticipation of this one, and he also gets a rider upgrade to Jevian Toledo.
Majid Career Racing Stats
Total Career Earnings: $44,205
Top BRIS Speed rating (88) in allowance victory
Owner: Zayat Stables LLC
Breeder: Forever Spring Farm Syndicate (KY)
Trainer: Rudy Rodriguez
This recent allowance winner outran his 27-1 odds going gate-to-wire last time as a rapidly improving colt. The $295,000 two-year-old purchase gets a nice draw outside of the compact field for his stakes debut. The Kentucky-bred will have to prove that he is ready to run 1 1/18 miles against this kind of company, though.