Runnymede Racing LLC’s Alwaysmining dominated the $100,000 Miracle Wood Stakes for 3-year-olds on Saturday, Feb. 16 at Laurel Park, capturing his fourth consecutive race, three of them stakes.
Breaking from the second post in a field of six, the Stay Thirsty gelding immediately went to the lead and held it. Setting modest fractions early under Daniel Centeno, he opened up to a clear advantage in the stretch and drew off by four and a quarter lengths while completing the mile distance in 1:35.27.
“I thought it was brilliant,” said trainer Kelly Rubley. “We got to go :24 for the first quarter which was ideal. I thought we’d get some pressure today so that was perfect. They let him get away with it and Danny felt he had a lot of horse at the end.”
Alwaysmining wrapped up his 2-year-old campaign by taking an allowance in October by 10 lengths, followed by scores in the Maryland Juvenile Futurity and Heft Stakes in December, all at Laurel. The Miracle Wood is his fifth win from 10 starts while earning $251,192. Alwaysmining was purchased privately by Caroline and Grey Bentley’s Runnymede Racing from James McIngvale after breaking his maiden last June. The Bentleys have since purchased Alwaysmining’s yearling half-sister by Fast Anna for $100,000 at the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages sale.
Alwaysmining was bred by Avla Pitts out of the Anees mare What Will Be, who has four winners from five named foals. What Will Be is currently in foal to Shackleford.
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