Abstraction was bottled up most of the way, but when he finally angled out for clear sailing, he spurted to the lead and drew away to win the Federico Tesio Stakes at Pimlico.
Leandro Goncalves, the regular rider for the son of Pulpit, guided him home for trainer David Carroll.
After placing in his debut and winning his second start at Fair Grounds, Abstraction was sent to post as the 4-5 favorite and lived up to top billing, completing the 1-1/16 mile in 1:46.16 and winning by 2 1/4 lengths over Heat Press, who nipped Rienzi for second.
Abstraction, who is not Triple crown nominated, paid $3.60.
“I was trapped the whole way and he gave me everything he had,” said Goncalves, who made his first trip to Pimlico. “He helped me push horses out of my way and get out. When I got him outside at the 3/16 pole, I asked him. That’s the key. You get him outside and he has that big kick and he switched leads and it was pretty much over. He keeps getting better and better as he has matured. He has a lot of talent.”
Carroll heaped high praise on his winner.
“He’s a very improving horse who has always shown talent,” Carroll said. “Today was a big step forward with the ship and a paceless race. But he showed today he has a big heart. He’s always a horse who trains with talent. He has to go out there and do it. It was a great learning experience for him. He was trapped down inside. He got a lot of dirt. He had to make room and once he did he picked it up nicely and galloped out strong. He’s got talent and hopefully he’ll keep improving.”
Carroll had not been to Pimlico since 1989 when he was the exercise rider for Preakness Stakes runner-up Easy Goer.
“It’s great to be back,” added Carroll. “That was a great experience but it was a tough loss. Today was a lot more fun, but we are not making any commitments to the Preakness. Where his next race will be, I have no idea.”
My Meadowview Farm LLC owns Abstraction, a Kentucky homebred son of Pulpit out of the Quiet American mare Andujar.
Edited Maryland Jockey Club release