Awesome Speed wins Mucho Macho Man

Awesome Speed wins Mucho Macho Man

Coglianese Photos/Leslie Martin

Awesome Speed Back at Laurel for Tesio

Awesome Again colt came into the Fountain of Youth (gr. II) on a win streak.

Colts Neck Stables' Awesome Speed may have been in a bit over his head against Mohaymen in the Feb. 27 Fountain of Youth (gr. II) last time out, but appears to be the one to beat in the $100,000 Federico Tesio Stakes April 9 at Laurel Park.

The Alan Goldberg-trained son of Awesome Again  came into the Fountain of Youth on a three-race win streak, including two consecutive stakes victoriesthe James F. Lewis III at Laurel and the Mucho Macho Man at Gulfstream Parkbut tired late to finish fourth in the Triple Crown prep as Mohaymen rolled.

Among the four stakes winners in the Tesiowhich offers an automatic Preakness Stakes (gr. I) berth to the winneris M M G Stables' Never Gone South, who came in second behind Awesome Speed in the Lewis but won the Frank Whitely Jr. Stakes at Laurel two starts later by an impressive 7 1/4 lengths.

In the Munnings  colt's last start and first going two turns in the Miracle Wood Stakes at Laurel Feb. 15, however, he was defeated by fellow Tesio entrant Marengo Road.

The other stakes winner in the field is Jump Sucker Stable's Governor Malibu, who followed up his maiden-breaking win at Aqueduct Racetrack in November with a 2 1/2-length score in the Gander Stakes Feb. 6, also at Aqueduct.

The son of Malibu Moon  is one of three horses in the Tesio entering off a victory, including Parx Racing allowance winner D T Goodie and $30,000 claimer I Came to Party, who won for that tag by 4 1/2 lengths last time out at Parx and will be making his first start for trainer Gerald Brooks.

Multiple stakes placed Flash McCaul rounds out the field.

Entries: Federico Tesio S.

Laurel Park, Saturday, April 09, 2016, Race 2

  • STK
  • 1 1/8m
  • Dirt
  • $100,000
  • 3 yo
  • 1:43 PM (local)
PPHorseJockeyWgtTrainerM/L
11Flash McCaul (MD)Trevor McCarthy116Michael J. Trombetta9/2
22Governor Malibu (NY)Keeneland Sales GraduateHoracio Karamanos122Christophe Clement7/2
33I Came to Party (CA)Forest Boyce116Gerald E. Brooks20/1
44Awesome Speed (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJevian Toledo122Alan E. Goldberg2/1
55D T Goodie (PA)David Cora116Carl Doran15/1
66Marengo Road (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateVictor R. Carrasco122Michael J. Trombetta6/1
77Never Gone South (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateFeargal Lynch116Cathal A. Lynch3/1