'Woodie' wins Tesio, looks to Preakness Storm Tower's roomie strong but a little silly

April 25, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

If Woods of Windsor ever gets serious about racing, look out world -- and the Preakness.

The Bowie stablemate of Storm Tower "fooled around" yesterday at Pimlico Race Course and still ran off to a 2 3/4 -length victory over Dynamic Brush in the $100,000 Federico Tesio Stakes prep for Maryland-based Preakness hopefuls. Raglan Road, with Mike Luzzi aboard, finished third.

Woods of Windsor, a 3-year-old dark bay colt, is now headed for the Preakness, where he could face his more famous stablemate in an intriguing matchup.

"Woodie is a big, ornery horse who is more into fooling around now than racing," said his jockey, Rick Wilson. "He was just playing around a little today and started waiting on horses in the stretch. This is a talented colt.

"He's not settled down yet, but he ran a good race. The other colt [Storm Tower] is more mature and serious about racing. He's ahead of Woodie right now, but Woodie is going to be a good one."

Wilson will ride Storm Tower in Saturday's Kentucky Derby, and trainer Ben Perkins Jr. said yesterday that Storm Tower will run in the Preakness if he finishes first or second in the Derby.

That would set up an interesting decision for Wilson: which horse to ride in the Preakness.

But Mike Cavey, a partner and adviser to Woods of Windsor owner Adelaide Riggs of Woodbine, figures that decision will take care of itself.

"If Rick wins or does well on Storm Tower in the Derby, he'll probably ride Storm Tower in the Preakness," said Cavey. "Rick's an outstanding jockey and we'll let him decide who will ride Woods of Windsor in the Preakness if he is on Storm Tower."

Wilson, 39, of Sykesville said he likes the idea of having to choose between two outstanding horses.

"This horse [Woods of Windsor] or Storm Tower, it really doesn't matter a whole lot. We'll see what happens," said the rider.

Wilson is on a roll lately, having won three races in eight days.

He rode Storm Tower to a victory in the Wood Memorial last Saturday, then guided Sunny Sunrise to a win in the Ben Ali Handicap at Keeneland Friday, and won the Tesio yesterday.

Woods of Windsor wintered in Florida and was slowed by a virus in late February.

But Perkins, who trains Woods of Windsor and Storm Tower, was pleased with the show yesterday. Woods of Windsor paid $3.20, $2.40 and $2.20.

"Woodie showed class in this race," said Perkins. "When the other horse [Dynamic Brush, who led briefly in the stretch by a head] came to him, he responded. Woods of Windsor is a little bigger than Storm Tower and has a longer stride. I feel blessed to have both of them.

"It's a tremendous feeling to have Storm Tower preparing for the Derby and Woods of Windsor getting ready for the Preakness."

Storm Tower arrived at Churchill Downs at 6 a.m. yesterday after a 13-hour van ride from Perkins' Bowie headquarters.

"We'll jog Storm Tower [today]," said Perkins. "Then we'll probably blow him out on Wednesday."

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