MAYTHEHORSEBWITHU TO BREEZE TOWARDS TESIO

Maythehorsebwithu Miracle Wood S. 02-20-21
Maythehorsebwithu won the Miracle Wood. Photo by Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club.

Michael Dubb and Bethlehem Stables’ stakes winner Maythehorsebwithu, among the newest Triple Crown nominees, is scheduled to return to the worktab this weekend ahead of an anticipated start in the $125,000 Federico Tesio for 3-year-olds Saturday, April 24 at Laurel Park.

The 1 1/8-mile Tesio, a ‘Win and In’ qualifier for Triple Crown-nominated horses to the 146th Preakness Stakes (G1) May 15 at Pimlico Race Course, was pushed back from its original April 17 date on Laurel’s Spring Stakes Spectacular program of seven stakes worth $750,000 in purses.

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Maythehorsebwithu, by 2009 Whitney (G1) winner Bullsbay, has alternated running first and second over the past five starts, mostly recently beaten a half-length as the favorite in the about 1 1/16-mile Private Terms March 13, his first try around two turns.

“He’s doing great. He was tired for a couple days, but nothing major,” trainer Brittany Russell said. “He’s back rocking on now and he should work probably Saturday. Everything’s good.”

Second by a neck to multiple stakes winner Kenny Had a Notion in the seven-furlong Spectacular Bid Jan. 16 at Laurel, Maythehorsebwithu bounced back to win the one-mile Miracle Wood Feb. 20 by four lengths, with Kenny Had a Notion third.

Maythehorsebwithu was one of nine late Triple Crown nominees at a cost of $6,000 by the March 29 deadline. Pre nominees can still supplement to Triple Crown races at entry time for a cost of $50,000 to the Belmont (G1), $100,000 to the Preakness and $200,000 to the Kentucky Derby (G1).

“He ran great in defeat last time,” Russell said. “He hasn’t given us a bad run so you kind of have to respect that and give him a shot.”

Russell said she also anticipates nominating Whereshetoldmetogo and Yodel E.A. Who to the $100,000 Frank Y. Whiteley for 3-year-olds and up sprinting seven furlongs. Whereshetoldmetogo has won three straight stakes, including the Whiteley in November 2020 and March 13 Not For Love, while Yodel E.A. Who was most recently fourth in the March 27 Sir Shackleton at Gulfstream Park.

The April 24 Spring Stakes Spectacular program includes seven stakes worth $750,000 in purses. Nominations for all stakes are due Saturday, April 3 with entries being drawn Wednesday, April 21.

Meanwhile, multiple stakes winner Hello Beautiful is doing well and awaiting a return to the shedrow. The 4-year-old filly was sent to Bruce Jackson at the Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Md. following a fifth-place finish in the Runhappy Barbara Fritchie (G3) Feb. 20.

She’s great. She was scheduled to come back in April 1st but the [quarantine] has messed us up a bit,” Russell said. “She’s going to gallop up there with Bruce until our gates open up and hopefully when she comes back in to us she’ll be able to rock right on.”

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