Nominations are in for the 1 1/8-mile Frederico Tesio, which for the second straight year will serve as a ‘Win and You’re In’ race for the Preakness Stakes so long as the horse is nominated to the Triple Crown.
Twisted Tom tops 35 nominees to the Tesio, coming four weeks after a stretch rally to catch O Dionysus and spring a 4-1 upset of the Private Terms on March 18 at Laurel Park. It was the second straight win for the Creative Cause gelding in his stakes debut.
Multiple stakes winner O Dionysus is also expected to return in the Tesio. The Bodemeister colt won the Miracle Wood Feb. 18 and the Christopher Elser Memorial last fall, and has also finished second in the Private Terms, Frank Whiteley Jr. and Marylander, the latter to recent Wood Memorial winner Irish War Cry, by less than a length combined.
Among other Tesio nominees are 2016 Nashua winner Hemsworth; Action Everyday, most recently fourth in the Gotham; Blueridge Traveler, second in the Spiral March 25; Dharmaster, third by a half-length in the Private Terms; stakes winner Downhill Racer, unbeaten in two starts but unraced since Dec. 3; Hedge Fund, third in the Sunland Derby; Two Charley’s, second to stablemate El Areeb in the James F. Lewis III last fall; Unbridled Holiday, exiting the April 1 Florida Derby; and Carradine, Tiz He the One and Conquest Prankster – all coming off impressive wins for New York-based trainer Linda Rice, who is clicking in the money at more than 80 percent at Laurel’s winter-spring meet.
Edited Maryland Jockey Club release