Digest: Abstraction wins Tesio; 'Gracie' takes Shine Again

PREAKNESS 2013

April 28, 2013|Sports Digest

Pimlico Race Course

Abstraction wins Tesio; 'Gracie' takes Shine Again

Abstraction was bottled up most of the way, but when he finally angled out for clear sailing, he spurted to the lead and drew away to win the $75,750 Federico Tesio Stakes for 3-year-olds Saturday at Pimlico Race Course. After placing in his debut and winning his second start at Fair Grounds, the son of Pulpit, was sent to post as the 4-5 favorite and lived up to top billing, completing the 11/16 miles in 1 minute, 46.16 seconds and winning by 21/4 lengths over Heat Press, who nipped Rienzi for second. "I was trapped the whole way and he gave me everything he had," said jockey Leandro Goncalves, who was making his first trip to Pimlico. "He helped me push horses out of my way and get out. When I got him outside at the 3/16ths pole, I asked him. That's the key. You get him outside and he has that big kick and he switched leads and it was pretty much over. He keeps getting better and better as he has matured. He has a lot of talent." Abstraction, who is not Triple Crown-nominated, paid $3.60. "He's a very improving horse who has always shown talent," trainer David Carroll said. "Today was a big step forward with the ship and a paceless race. But he showed today he has a big heart." He's always a horse who trains with talent. He has to go out there and do it. It was a great learning experience for him. He was trapped down inside. He got a lot of dirt. He had to make room and once he did he picked it up nicely and galloped out strong. He's got talent and hopefully he'll keep improving." Carroll has not been to Pimlico since 1989 when he was the exercise rider for Preakness runner-up Easy Goer. "It's great to be back," he said. "That was a great experience but it was a tough loss. Today was a lot more fun but we are not making any commitments to the Preakness. Where his next race will be, I have no idea."

Shine Again Stakes: Daydreamin Gracie swept by the pacesetter and stormed to victory in the $50,000 race at Pimlico. Garry Cruise was at the reins for trainer Dane Kobiskie for the first time as the daughter of Domestic Dispute beat seven other Maryland-bred fillies and mares in the 11/16-mile test for nonwinners of a stakes. Daydreamin Gracie finished eight lengths ahead of Touch the Birds. "They told me just exactly how to ride her," Cruise said. "She's a big, good-looking, honest filly. She'll give you everything she's got. Leave her alone and she'll do her thing. She knows how to win, and I just was the guy who was lucky enough to be on her today." Cruise, 34, relocated to the Mid-Atlantic last fall after spending the previous seven years riding at Woodbine and Fort Erie in Ontario. "I have always wanted to ride in this part of the country," he said. "The quality of jockeys is amazing. I grew up idolizing Maryland riders. Dane and I have been friends for 12 years. We used to gallop horses for Dallas Stewart and this was an opportunity to ride for my friend." Daydreamin Gracie, who has won six of her past eight starts, completed the distance in 1:46.10 and paid $7.

Major League Lacrosse

Dixon's three 2-point goals lift Bayhawks in opener, 17-14

Veteran midfielder Kyle Dixon (Archbishop Spalding) had seven points and tied a Major League Lacrosse record with three 2-point goals as the Chesapeake Bayhawks opened the 2013 season by beating the Rochester Rattlers, 17-14, in front of an announced 3,940 at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, Fla. Dixon, a seventh-year professional, increased his MLL career record for 2-pointers to 50. The perennial All-Star also had an assist as Chesapeake began the defense of its MLL championship. Midfielder Ben Hunt (Severna Park) scored a pair of 2-pointers of his own in totaling six points for the Bayhawks, who won without seven players who are still involved in the National Lacrosse League playoffs. Among that group were two returning starting attackmen in Drew Westervelt (UMBC, John Carroll) and John Grant Jr. Matt Mackrides, a second-year pro out of Penn State, started on attack and came up big with three goals and four ground balls. Mackrides scored two extra-man goals in the fourth quarter to give the Bayhawks breathing room. Nicky Polanco anchored a defense that shut out Rochester in the fourth quarter. Polanco caused several turnovers and had three ground balls. Attackman Ben Rubeor (Loyola High) contributed a goal and an assist, and midfielder Steven Brooks had two assists for Chesapeake, which outshot Rochester 58-36. The Bayhawks put 38 of those shots on goal and might have won easily had Rattlers keeper Jason LaShomb not made 27 saves. Rookie Tyler Fiorito (McDonogh) started in goal for Chesapeake but was replaced after one quarter by second-year man T.C. DiBartolo (Mount St. Mary's, Archbishop Spalding), who finished with nine saves.

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