Tested at top of the stretch by 4-5 favorite I Want Revenge, the front-running Redding Colliery battled back along the inside
and went on to a two-length victory Saturday afternoon in the $75,000 Evening
Attire at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Making only his second start in 14 months, the 6-year-old son of
Mineshaft went straight to the lead under jockey Alan Garcia and set
comfortable fractions of 23.87, 47.81 and 1:11.63 seconds with the favorite in
close pursuit. Rounding the turn, I Want Revenge edged up alongside the
pacesetter, but began drifting out in the stretch and was unable to hold off
the resurgent gray, who covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.05.
“When he saw the others coming up he gave me a little push and
kicked on and finished well,” said Garcia of Redding Colliery, who had
come off a one-year layoff to finish sixth in the Swatara at Parx Racing on
November 23. “I knew my horse would give me a good finish, and I
didn’t know how fit the favorite [I Want Revenge] was.”
I Want Revenge, who remains winless in six starts since taking the Big
A’s Grade 1 Wood Memorial in 2009, held on for second, 1 ½ lengths in
front of Jimanator. Completing the order of finish were 2010 Evening Attire
winner Heart Butte and Thunder Ball.
Owned by Mrs. Fitri Hay, Redding Colliery was returning to the
winner’s circle for the first time since taking the Grade 2 Hawthorne
Gold Cup on October 2, 2010. Subsequently promoted to second via a
disqualification in the Grade 1 Clark Handicap, he was off for most of 2011
with foot issues before his return at Parx.
“The Hay family has been so patient with this horse,” said
Artie Magnuson, assistant to winning trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. “They get
all the credit for just letting us take our time. I’m so happy for them.
Kiaran might want to take him to Florida;
it’s whatever Kiaran and the Hay family decides. It’s good to see
him back on track.”
The 2-1 second choice, Redding Colliery returned $6.90 for a $2 win bet
and earned $45,000. Overall, he is 7-3-3 from 20 starts, including a victory in
the Grade 3 Lone Star Park Handicap in 2010, and has bankrolled $759,385.