Alwaysmining rolls through final work for Preakness Stakes prep

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April 14, 2019 09:29am
Alwaysmining rolls through final work for Preakness Stakes prep
Photo: Maryland Jockey Club

Runnymede Racing’s multiple stakes winner Alwaysmining went a half mile in 49 seconds Saturday at the Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Md., in his final tuneup for next weekend's $125,000 Xpressbet Federico Tesio at Laurel Park.

The work, third-fastest of 19 horses, was the third for the gelded Maryland-bred son of Grade 1 winner Stay Thirsty since running his win streak to five races, the last four in stakes, in the March 16 Private Terms at Laurel.

On April 6, Kelly Rubley-trained Alwaysmining went five furlongs in a bullet 1:00. Both breezes came over Fair Hill’s all-weather surface.

Alwaysmining will be stretching out to 1 1/8 miles for the first time in the Tesio, which for the fourth straight year is a "Win and In" race for Triple Crown-nominated horses to the 144h Preakness Stakes on May 18 at legendary Pimlico Race Course. The Private Terms, won by 6 ¾ lengths in front-running fashion, marked his two-turn debut.

He’s such a nice horse. He just keeps on trying,” Runnymede racing manager Joe Cassidy said. “We’re very excited about going to the Tesio. It’s a great race with a great history, and we’re looking forward to being there.”


Fellow Fair Hill-based trainer Graham Motion, winner of the 2011 Kentucky Derby (G1) and 2013 Dubai World Cup (G1) with Animal Kingdom and whose 2008 Tesio winner, Icabad Crane, would go on to run third in the Preakness, has been impressed with Alwaysmining.


The Motion-trained Still Dreaming, a half-brother to 2016 Derby and Florida Derby (G1) winner Nyquist, ran fifth behind Alwaysmining in the Private Terms before coming back to capture Saturday’s featured allowance at Laurel.


“That horse is very good. Kelly has done a great job with him,” Motion said. “She’s been very conservative, picked her spots with him very well. It’s going to take a really good horse to step up and beat him. I think you’re probably going to see him in the Preakness, I would imagine.”


The Tesio is one of seven stakes worth $750,000 in purses on the Spring Stakes Spectacular program April 20, including the $125,000 Weber City Miss for 3-year-old fillies, a ‘Win and In’ event for the 95th Black-Eyed Susan (G2) May 17 at Pimlico.


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