Leatherbury Gelding Ah Day Favored in Tesio

The $150,000 Federico Tesio Stakes, Pimlico's only Triple Crown prep race, drew a field of 11 3-year-olds for Saturday's Spring Festival of Racing card.

The Tesio will be televised on ESPN 2.

The first, second, fifth, and sixth place finishers from the Private Terms Stakes at Laurel Park will meet up again in the Tesio. The second place finisher that day was Ah Day, a King Leatherbury trainee who will have Ryan Fogelsonger at the controls and has been tabbed the 3-1 morning line favorite.

The gelding Ah Day sports a 3-2-1 record in seven starts, with a stakes win (Horatius) and a stakes placing in the Dancing Count besides the Private Terms.

Ah Day is by Malibu Moon . Last year, Leatherbury brought Malibu Moonshine, another Malibu Moon offspring, up to the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) after a victory in the Tesio.

Our Peak (5-1), who won the Private Terms under apprentice Rosie Napravnik at odds of 73-1, is a late closer who got up in time to win the Private Terms. The chestnut son of Peaks and Valleys posted a bullet workout at Laurel Park on Tuesday, the best of fifteen runners who breezed five furlongs. Napravnik retains the mount for Saturday for trainer Katy Voss.

Triple Crown nominee Scanlon's Song (7-2) tops the out-of-state horses running in the Tesio. In his most recent start, he finished fourth in the Wood Memorial (gr. I) at Aqueduct. The son of Partner's Hero is another deep closer who came from nineteen lengths back in the Wood. Kyle Kaenel, the son of "Cowboy" Jack Kaenel, who rode Aloma's Ruler to victory in the 1982 Preakness, has the mount. Alan Klanfer trains Scanlon's Song for owner Ernie Paragallo.

For the second straight year, three of the added money races on The Spring Festival of Racing card will showcase Maryland Million-nominated or Maryland-bred runners. Three of the state's leading breeding farms are each sponsoring a race and have donated seasons to two stallions, which will be given to the breeders of the top two finishers of their races.

The $125,000 stakes offered are: The Country Life Farm (1 1/16 miles for 3-year-old fillies), the Maryland Stallion Station (six furlongs, 3-year-olds), and the Northview Stallion Station (1 1/8 miles, fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up).

$150,000 Federico Tesio Stakes (Race 9, 4:55 p.m.), 3-Year-Olds, 1 1/8 Miles
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, ML Odds
1. Roamin Murphy (KY), Joseph Rocco, Jr., 116, 12/1
2. Victory Lake (KY), Jozbin Santana, 116, 10/1
3. Kona Blend (VA), Michael Luzzi, 116, 20/1
4. Ah Day (MD), Ryan Fogelsonger, 116, 3/1
5. Scanlon's Song (MD), Kyle Kaenel, 116, 7/2
6. Sharps Island (KY), Enrique Jurado, 116, 20/1
7. Kellers Church Rd. (PA), Victor Molina, 116, 20/1
8. Our Peak (MD), A. R. Napravnik, 120, 5/1
9. Vegas Play (MD), Mario Pino, 120, 8/1
10. Putonyerdancinshuz (PA), Eriluis Vaz, 116, 6/1
11. Colby Cat (FL), Luis Garcia, 116, 8/1