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3 yo. colt Awesome Again Speedy Escape
Multiple stakes winner Awesome Speed earned a fees-paid entry to the Preakness by virtue of his victory in the April 9 Federico Tesio Stakes, Maryland’s traditional prep designated for the first time in 2016 as a ‘Win and You’re In’ event for the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown.
In the 1 1/8-mile Tesio, Awesome Speed carried the field from the gate into deep stretch where he was bumped by Governor Malibu and wound up beaten a nose for second. He was promoted to first when Governor Malibu was disqualified for interference.
The Tesio was the third stakes win for Awesome Speed and second in Maryland following the James F. Lewis III Stakes last fall at Laurel Park to close his juvenile season. Three of Awesome Speed’s four career wins have come at Laurel, including a maiden victory last October.
Awesome Speed stretched his win streak to three races with a front-running 1 ¼-length score in the Jan. 2 Mucho Macho Man Stakes at Gulfstream Park. He returned in the Fountain of Youth (G2), his only previous try against graded company, but lost all chance when slammed on the first turn and wound up fourth.