LAUREL PARK DELAYS APRIL STAKES

Happy-Saver
Happy Saver won the 2020 Federico Tesio Stakes. Photo by Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club.

As a result of the ongoing pause of live racing at Laurel Park through Sunday, April 4, the Maryland Jockey Club has pushed its Spring Stakes Spectacular program back one week to Saturday, April 24.

All seven stakes worth $750,000 in purses originally scheduled for Saturday, April 17 will be run on the new date with a similar 12:40 p.m. post time. Nominations for all stakes are due Saturday, April 3.

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The Spring Stakes Spectacular is led by the $125,000 Federico Tesio for 3-year-olds going 1 1/8 miles and the $125,000 Weber City Miss for 3-year-old fillies at about 1 1/16 miles. The Tesio is a ‘Win and In’ qualifier for Triple Crown-nominated horses to the 146th Preakness Stakes (G1) May 15, and the Weber City is a ‘Win and In’ event for the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan (G2) May 14, both at Pimlico Race Course.

Also as part of the program are the first stakes scheduled for Laurel’s world-class turf course – the $100,000 Henry S. Clark for 3-year-olds and up and $100,000 Dahlia for fillies and mares 3 and older, both at 1 1/16 miles, and $100,000 King T. Leatherbury for 3-year-olds and up sprinting 5 ½ furlongs.

Rounding out the stakes program are a pair of sprints, the $100,000 Frank Y. Whiteley for 3-year-olds and up at seven furlongs and $100,000 Primonetta for females 3 and older going six furlongs.

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