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Tesio Led by Abstraction at 7-5

4/25/2013

Saturday at Pimlico features the Federico Tesio Stakes, a traditional local prep for the Preakness Stakes, and 10 are entered.

Pimlico handicapper Frank Carulli has tabbed Abstraction as his 7-5 morning line choice. The David Carroll trainee broke his maiden in his second start, a 9 3/4-length win at Fair Grounds on March 13, and Carroll has worked him once at the New Orleans track and three times at Churchill Downs in anticipation of this start. Leandro Goncalves has the riding assignment on the son of Pulpit, who is not one of the four Triple Crown-nominated runners in the race.

Laurel Park-based Dynamic Strike (4-1) is Triple Crown nominated. The Dickie Small trainee won the Miracle Wood Stakes at Laurel Park in February, one of three victories for the son of Smart Strike. Forest Boyce has been aboard for each start. Dynamic Strike was beaten soundly in the 1 1/8-mile Private Terms Stakes in March.

“I was disappointed with his first race around two turns,” Boyce said. “He is one of those horses where you are going to see a different horse next year. For as much as he has done already, he has a lot to learn. I am actually interested in seeing him on the turf.”

Former Maryland riding star Edgar Prado is named to pilot Heat Press (8-1), a Graham Motion trainee. The Malibu Moon colt broke his maiden at Laurel Park in December and won an entry level allowance start at Parx Racing last time out. Earlier this week, owner Kevin Plank of Sagamore Farm said he would like to see Heat Press compete in the Preakness if all goes well in the Tesio. The stable was represented by Tiger Walk a year ago. Heat Press is nominated to the Triple Crown.

Rienzi (8-1) moved from the Chad Brown barn to John Servis’ stable after returning from Florida and won an entry level allowance at Parx Racing in April. He posted a bullet workout there on April 22 and is scheduled to carry Kendrick Carmouche on Saturday.

Just Win Baby (10-1) and Wabbajackc (15-1) are the other two Triple Crown nominees.

Rounding out the field are Hanky Doodle (10-1), Wry Me (12-1), Handsome Tiger (20-1) and Indian Companion (20-1).


Edited Maryland Jockey Club release with additional content by Dick Downey
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