Runnymoore Racing’s Alwaysmining, the Maryland-bred champion 3-year-old male of 2019, is in his best form at 4 as he fought off favorite Monongahela in deep stretch to win the $100,000 John B. Campbell Stakes at Laurel Park on Saturday, Feb. 15.
Alwaysmining took command into the first turn as Monongahela moved up to flank him from the outside. Leading the pack through early fractions of :24.58 and :48.11, Alwaysmining forged on as Monongahela moved up to match him stride-for-stride around the final turn. The pair dueled down the stretch in a match race of their own, with Monongahela getting the advantage at the top of the stretch, but Alwaysmining refusing to yield. He battled back hit the wire a neck ahead of Monongahela, with Someday Jones in third. Final time for mile and a sixteenth on a fast track in 1:42.46.
Coming in off a win in the Jennings Stakes in January, where he beat two-time Jennings winner John Jones by one and three-quarter lengths, Alwaysmining improved his record to 9-1-2 from 19 career starts and $536,442 in total earnings.
“I think it’s going to be a great year, even better than last year,” trainer Kelly Rubley said. “He continues to mature and has filled out a lot. He’s got a lot of heart.”
Finishing out his 2-year-old season with back-to-back wins in the Maryland Juvenile Futurity and Heft Stakes, Alwaysmining continued his win streak into 2019 as he won the Miracle Wood Stakes, Private Terms Stakes and Federico Tesio Stakes in consecutive fashion. His success earned him a start in the Preakness Stakes-G1, where he finished 11th.
Bred by Avla Pitts, Alwaysmining was purchased as a weanling for $32,000 by 3-D Bloodstock and later sold as a yearling to Jim McIngvale for $130,000 at the 2017 Keeneland September sale. A son of Stay Thirsty out of the Anees mare What Will Be, Alwaysmining is the only stakes winner from his dam, who has produced four winners from five horses of racing age. What Will Be was bred to Klimt for 2020.
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