04/20/2017 3:00PM

Carradine seeks first stakes win in Federico Tesio

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Carradine will face only four rivals in the Federico Tesio Stakes on Saturday.

After Carradine galloped to an eight-length victory in a first-level allowance race over Aqueduct’s inner track in March, trainer Linda Rice briefly considered running him in the Grade 2 Wood Memorial. Sensing that race would come up too tough, Rice also had very much in mind the $125,000 Federico Tesio Stakes at Laurel Park.

The Tesio did not come up very tough at all, and Carradine could very well add to Rice’s gaudy numbers at Laurel when he faces four rivals Saturday in the Tesio, one of five stakes on an 11-race card that begins at 1:10 p.m. Eastern. Rice is 19 for 37 since Jan. 1 at Laurel, with 30 top-three finishes. Her $653,860 in purse money won ranks her first – and she’s not even stabled at Laurel.

The Tesio, for 3-year-olds, is a Win and You’re In race for the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown, at Pimlico on May 20. However, only two of the five entered in the Tesio – Action Everyday and O Dionysus – are Triple Crown nominated. The other three, including Carradine, would have to supplement for a fee of $150,000.

Rice is not looking that far ahead. Instead, she’s hoping to get Carradine his first stakes victory after the son of Grasshopper finished behind Haul Anchor in both the Damon Runyon and Gander, restricted to New York-breds.

As impressive as Carradine was in his last start, Rice said she was not anxious to “throw him into the deep end of the pool” in the Wood.

“This is the best spot we have in front of us right now,” she said.

Carradine shows only one work since his allowance win, but Rice said that was by design.

“I ran him a lot in the winter,” said Rice, who raced Carradine four times over Aqueduct’s inner track. “I didn’t want to overtrain him. He’s not a horse that carries a lot of extra weight.”

Carradine will break from post 5 under Cornelio Velasquez.

O Dionysus is the only Maryland-based in the Tesio. He won the Miracle Wood by three lengths Feb. 18 but was then beaten a nose by Twisted Tom in the Private Terms going 1 1/16 miles. Trainer Gary Capuano said O Dionysus was engaged by Dharmaster in the stretch and, after getting by him, was overtaken late by Twisted Tom.

That was the second time O Dionysus was beaten a nose in a stakes. Last Dec. 31, Irish War Cry beat him a nose in the Marylander Stakes. Irish War Cry has since won two Grade 2 stakes – including the Wood Memorial – and is a top Kentucky Derby contender.

“Sometimes he has a tendency to wait on horses or hang a little bit,” Capuano said of O Dionysus. “He’s been beaten a couple of heartbreakers against some nice horses.”

In the Private Terms, O Dionysus was last early and made an early move that he sustained pretty well. Capuano believes O Dionysus will be more forwardly placed Saturday under Jevian Toledo.

Twisted Tom, like Carradine a New York-bred, is 2 for 2 around two turns on dirt since coming to trainer Chad Brown’s barn.

Action Everyday, trained by Todd Pletcher, won his first two starts at Tampa Bay Downs before running fourth in the Grade 3 Gotham.

Hashtag Alex, who pressed the pace before fading to sixth in the Private Terms, completes the field.

Weber City Miss

Jenda’s Agenda figures to be an odds-on choice to maintain her unbeaten record when she takes on four rivals in Saturday’s $125,000 Weber City Miss Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

The Weber City Miss is a Win and You’re In race for the Grade 2, $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico on May 19.

Trainer Larry Jones said the Black-Eyed Susan is definitely the goal for Jenda’s Agenda, a filly he bred with his wife, Cindy, and owns with her and Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farm. Jenda’s Agenda is 3 for 3, including a two-length victory in the Caesar’s Wish at Laurel on March 18.

Larry Jones said he was happy to get that victory considering that Jenda’s Agenda missed significant training time due to shipping and weather issues.

“She made the track one time in 12 days,” Jones said. “To survive the last race, I was extremely proud of her. Hopefully, we’re back in flow now and going on. We’ll see if my training now causes her harm. Maybe she did better with me not training on her.”

Forever Liesl, who finished second in the Caesar’s Wish, is back for another try at Jenda’s Agenda. Lights of Medina, a five-length winner at Laurel for Pletcher, Frank’s Folly, and Star Super complete the field.

The Weber City Miss, at 1 1/16 miles, will go as race 4 at 2:50 p.m.