Runnymede Racing’s Alwaysmining continued his winning streak as he gained the lead from his inside post at the start and held on for a one and a half-length score in the $100,000 Heft Stakes at Laurel Park on Saturday, Dec. 29. The Kelly Rubley trainee turned back favorite Win Win Win, who launched a bid around the final turn and down the stretch but couldn’t get reel in the leader.
Alwaysmining, a gelded son of Stay Thirsty, captured his second straight stakes and third gate-to-wire win with his 1:22.60 performance in the seven-furlong Heft. Previously, he found success in the Maryland Juvenile Futurity in December and an allowance at Laurel in October, which he won by 10 lengths. He now boasts a record of 4-0-1 from nine career starts with career earnings of $191,192.
Purchased by James McIngvale as a yearling for $130,000 in the 2017 Keeneland Association September Yearling Sale, Alwaysmining began his career at Keeneland in April and broke his maiden in his fourth start at Laurel Park in June. Following his win for McIngvale, he was privately sold to Runnymede Racing for which he’s achieved three wins out of five starts.
Alwaysmining, bred by Maryland horsewoman Avla Pitts, is out of Virginia-bred mare What Will Be who retired with four wins in 33 starts and earnings of $128,529. The daughter of Anees was purchased by Pitts in 2009 and has shined as a successful producer, delivering six consecutive foals, with four of her first five foals proven winners. Alwaysmining was purchased by 3-D Bloodstock for $32,000 in the Keeneland Association January 2017 Horses of All Ages Sale.
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