Alwaysmining Still Always Winning
Wins Private Terms For Fun
For a horse that never been two turns before, Alwaysmining made it look easy while extending his win streak to five races in the Private Terms Stakes at Laurel Park.
It was a front-running effort and resulted in 6 3/4-length margin.
“That’s what we were hoping we’d see,” winning trainer Kelly Rubley said, after Alwaysmining oasted to the wire in 1:42.65 for about 1 1/6 mile under a hand ride from regular ridder Daniel Centeno. “He looks like he’s galloping, just relaxed. He’s a very classy horse.”
Breaking from post 3 as the 1-2 favorite in a field of seven, Alwaysmining found himself on the lead with stakes-placed Joevia settling into second and Miracle Wood third-place finisher Tybalt in third through a quarter-mile in 24.38, and opening up by four lengths after a half in 48.44.
Joevia closed the gap to two lengths after six furlongs went in 1:12.66, but he was unable to keep up as Alwaysmining gained separation once straightened for home. He steadily pulled clear of his rivals.
“The plan was like always, to try to break sharp and go to the lead,” Centeno said. “I know (Joevia) was the other speed in the race, so I was looking to see what he’d do. When we went to the first turn, I looked and he took back a little bit, and my horse was going easy on the lead all the way.”
The only anxious moment came and went early for Rubley.
“My biggest concern was, it’s really a short jump to the first turn here when we go a mile and a sixteenth, and if we didn’t clear it, I wasn’t sure how our trip would play out. Obviously, he had no problem jumping out on top,” Rubley said. “I was extremely impressed with this race. Danny said he never even had to use the stick on him, which I think is phenomenal. He’s just doing it for fun.”
Joevia stayed up to be a clear second, three lengths ahead of Tybalt. They were followed by Dixie Drawl, Still Dreaming, Alwasymining’s stablemate Red Gum and Makes Mo Cents.
Rubley, who nominated Alwaysmining to Saturday’s Rebel at Oaklawn Park and Sunday’s Sunland Derby at Sunland Park, opted to keep him at home for his first two-turn test. The 1 1/8-mile Frederico Tesio also comes over the Laurel main track where Alwaysmining owns six wins from seven starts, including his maiden triumph last summer.
“We’ll see,” Rubley said. “Every time we win we get more excited, of course.”
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