Updated on 09/17/2011 10:15PM

Malibu Moonshine best in Tesio

Jim McCue/Maryland Racing
Malibu Moonshine wins the $150,000 Federico Tesio Stakes by 3/4 lengths at Pimlico.

Trainer King Leatherbury could have a Preakness starter on his hands after Malibu Moonshine captured Saturday's $150,000 at Pimlico, beating Hello Jerry by three-quarters of a length in a replay of the exacta from last month's Private Terms at Laurel.

The Tesio, a 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds, was one of five stakes on a 10-race card that also included the $200,000 Jim McKay Breeders' Cup Handicap and three stakes for Maryland-breds.

Ridden by Steve Hamilton, Malibu Moonshine was rated in close quarters along the rail down the backstretch as Hello Jerry set moderate fractions of 24.28 and 49.22 seconds. Malibu Moonshine angled out four wide into the stretch and responded to strong left-handed whipping by Hamilton, drawing even at the sixteenth pole and outfinishing Hello Jerry for the victory. Byanosejoe, the favorite, finished third, 2 1/4 lengths behind Hello Jerry.

Owned by Woodrow Marriott, Malibu Moonshine paid $8.40 to win and ran his record to 6 for 10. He was timed in 1:53.31 over a fast track.

Leatherbury, the third-leading trainer in history with more than 6,000 wins, has run just three horses in the Preakness, the most recent in 1985. The Tesio is considered to be Pimlico's prep race for the second leg of the Triple Crown, which will be run on May 21.

In the McKay, for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles, Presidentialaffair ran away with the race and won easily after setting fast fractions. Scratches reduced the field to five starters, and none of the others in the race challenged Presidentialaffair at any point.

After running the first quarter in 23.66 seconds and the half in 46.56 to open a six-length lead, Presidentialaffair and jockey Todd Glasser simply didn't come back to the pack, hitting the wire 7 1/2 lengths in front of the favorite, Classic Endeavor. It was another 5 1/4 lengths back to Hydrogen in third.

Presidentialaffair, trained by Martin Ciresa, paid $7 to win and was timed in 1:49.62 for the nine furlongs.

* In the $100,000 Maryland Stallion Station Stakes for statebred 3-year-olds at six furlongs, Celtic Innis pulled a 12-1 upset to earn his first stakes win. Celtic Innis ($27.40) was timed in 1:12.30 over a fast track and finished three-quarters of a length in front of Mojodajo.

* Ryan Fogelsonger took Friday off after a spill, but came back a day later to win the $100,000 Northview Stallion Station Stakes aboard Silmaril ($5.80). She stalked a slow pace and won the 1 1/8-mile race for Maryland-bred fillies and mares, 3 and up, by 1 1/2 lengths over Grant's Moon in 1:53.71.

* Only in Philly ($4.40) set the pace under slight pressure and opened a lead in upper stretch to win the $100,000 Country Life Farm Stakes for Maryland-bred 3-year-old fillies by 6 1/2 lengths. The slight favorite over second-place Hear Us Roar, Only in Philly finished the 1 1/16 miles in 1:48.06 for trainer Michael Matz.