Big Mid-Atlantic Saturday …

The opening of Delaware and the first big stakes card at Pimlico bring back some thoroughbred racing excitement to my agenda. The racing in Maryland has taken a turn for the better and Delaware, while offering short fields, usually has some decent horses.

Pimlico’s opening Saturday card is highlighted by the Federico Tesio Stakes ( race 9 ) for 3 year olds. Occasionally this race yields a Preakness starter and this year looks to have a few entered who may have some potential. John Servis is on record saying that Indian Jump would earn a Preakness spot with a good effort as is Graham Motion, Icabad Crane’s trainer. ESPN will televise the Tesio during their broadcast of the Lexington Stakes from Keeneland.

Three other stakes are carded, including the Allen’s Prospect ( race 4 ) for 3 year olds and up going 6F. Grand Champion and Ravalo are the most notable runners entered. The Geisha Handicap ( race 6 ) for 3 year old fillys and older mares going 1m 1/16th is highlighted by Maryland/Delaware terror Lexi Star. The other stake on the card is the Jim McKay ( race 8 ) for 3 year olds and up going 1m and 1/16th. Mostly local crew assembled for this one, Eddie C. is the now horse. Etude is a horse I like in here, getting back to doing what he does best I feel, going a route of ground.

I’ll be spending my Saturday at Delaware Park with my Asst. Trainer friend. A rather average card kicks off the Delaware meet. The card is highlighted by the Peach Blossom for 3 year old fillies going 6 furlongs. The usual suspects are back riding, including Dominguez, Pino and Caraballo along with Rose Marie Homiester Jr. who comes off a great Tampa meet. The usual training suspect are also back, including Scott Lake, Tony Dutrow, Steve Klesaris, Mike Pino and Howard Wolfendale. A new shooter amongst the training roster is David Jacobson.

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