Dixieland Band and Deputed Testamony, the one-two finishers in the Bowie Juvenile Stakes last fall, are the top contenders for the $100,000-added Federico Tesio Stakes, the richest purse ever for a Maryland-bred event, which will be run at Pimlico Saturday.
Bill Passmore has Dixieland Band and Herb McAuley will ride Deputed Testamony.
Julie Krone, one of the hottest riders on the Maryland circuit since returning from a suspension, will attempt to become the second female jockey in thoroughbred history to ride a winner in a $100,000 race when she handles the lightly raced colt Ultramate in the Tesio.
Jill Kaenel, whose brother Jack won last year's Preakness on Aloma's Ruler, will begin riding at Pimlico when she reaches her 16th birthday next Thursday. "I've already ridden against Jack at the bushes. In three races, I won two and Jack one," she said.
Jack Kaenel was suspended several years ago, when he was the leading rider at Pimlico, after it was learned he was only 15 years old.
The start of turf racing, scheduled Friday and Saturday at Pimlico, has been delayed for several days because of recent rains.
Jockey Larry Saumell and exercise rider Deborah Reeson were suspended by the stewards for 90 days for the possession of small amounts of drugs found in Saumell's car last month. The stewards said the two will undergo a detoxification program and could be reinstated before the full term has been served