by Laurel Park Press Release
March 21, 2018
LAUREL, MD – Live racing returns to Laurel Park Friday, March 23 with a jackpot carryover of $109,253.01 in the 20-cent Rainbow 6 after the popular multi-race wager went unsolved during Sunday’s program.
Four horses were live to take down the jackpot heading into the ninth-race finale, won by even-money favorite Punch Nephew ($4). A total of $44,872 was bet into the Rainbow 6, adding to a carryover of $94,895.62 from Saturday’s stakes-filled St. Patrick’s Day program.
Multiple tickets with all six winners were each worth $5,384.02.
The carryover jackpot is only paid out when there is a single unique ticket sold with all six winners. On days when there is no unique ticket, 60 percent of that day’s pool goes back to those bettors holding tickets with the most winners while 40 percent is carried over to the jackpot pool.
Friday’s Rainbow 6 covers Races 4-9, highlighted by a $40,000 maiden special weight for fillies and mares 3 and up going six furlongs in Race 7.
There will also be a carryover of $2,243.49 in the $1 Super Hi-5 for Friday’s opener. First race post time is 1:10 p.m.
LAUREL, MD – Impressive as he had been in putting together a five-race win streak, four of them in stakes, Runnymede Racing’s Alwaysmining took it to another level with an11 ½-length romp in Saturday’s $125,000 Xpressbet Federico Tesio at Laurel Park, punching his ticket to the 144th Preakness Stakes (G1). The 38th running of the Tesio for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles highlighted an 11-race Spring Stakes Spectacular program of seven stakes worth $750,000 in purses. For the fourth straight year, the Tesio served as a ‘Win and In’ event for Triple Crown-nominated horses to the Preakness, the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, May 18 at legendary Pimlico Race Course. “As long as we come back ok, that’s our goal,” winning trainer Kelly Rubley said. Tested in the early stages for the first time during his streak, now at six straight, Alwaysmining settled in third down the backstretch and met no resistance sweeping to the lead on the outside around the turn, powering through the lane under a hand ride from Daniel Centeno to hit the wire in 1:50.12 over a fast main track. It was the fastest 1 1/8-mile Tesio, which has also been contested at 1 1/16 miles, since Xchanger ran 1:14.98 in 2007, when the race was held at Pimlico. Alwaysmining becomes the eighth Maryland-bred and first since Concealed Identity in 2011 to win the Tesio since it was opened up beyond restricted company in 1987. “You just hate to get overconfident, but this is what I had expected to happen so I’m really glad it came true,” Rubley said. “We’re all very excited. It’s a fabulous day.” A front-running winner of his previous five races by 25 combined lengths, Alwaysmining was outrun to the lead by Bozzini, coming back on a week’s rest, who coasted through an opening quarter-mile in 25 seconds pressed by 45-1 long shot Trifor Gold, going the half in 48.47. Centeno had Alwaysmining in the clear in third, ready to pounce, which they did as the field left the backstretch after six furlongs in 1:12.97. Having displayed an ability to go two turns with his victory in the Private Terms Stakes March 16, Alwaysmining willingly outdistanced his rivals with little urging from Centeno. “The plan was to try to make the lead, but I didn’t want to chase them, so I let them go. I decided to take him back and put him behind them. He was comfortable, nice and relaxed. I put him on the outside on the backstretch and when it was time to go, he took off,” Centeno said. “[The Preakness] will be a completely different game. I told Kelly, he’ll be completely relaxed. We don’t need to put him on the lead. We can do whatever we want with him.” Rubley had worked Alwaysmining behind horses, felt confident the gelded son of Grade 1 winner Stay Thirsty was not reliant on the lead, and was relieved to see her assessment was on the mark. “Honestly I was glad to see that he settled and he was able to relax,” she said. “It looked like it got a little tight, but Danny didn’t really think it did. Somebody had to test us sooner or later. I’m glad we got it out of the way here, and I’m confident that he handles it well.” Now a five-time stakes winner, following the Maryland Juvenile Futurity and Heft at 2 and Miracle Wood to open his sophomore campaign, Alwaysmining turned in what Rubley felt was his most impressive performance to date. “I think it is because we actually had a bit more of a challenge at the start of this race and I think that was good to see, that this horse is as versatile as we thought he is,” she said. “He didn’t have a problem relaxing and then when it was time to go, he went.” Trifor Gold was a distant second, two lengths ahead of Bozzini, followed by Dixie Drawl and Tybalt. Majid was scratched. The Federico Tesio, a Grade 3 event from 1988-97, is named for the famed Italian breeder, owner and trainer whose undefeated homebreds, Nearco and Ribot, dominate Thoroughbred bloodlines throughout the world. Tesio died in 1954 at the age of 85.
LAUREL, MD – As the racing manager for Greg and Caroline Bentley’s Runnymede Racing, Joe Cassidy is always on the lookout for a good horse. After watching a Maryland-bred son of Stay Thirsty break his maiden in handy fashion last summer at Laurel Park, he thought he found one. Cassidy, the Bentleys or trainer Kelly Rubley had no idea just how good. After finishing off the board in his first two starts for Runnymede, one of them on turf, Alwaysmining has reeled off five consecutive victories, the last four in stakes, heading into Saturday’s $125,000 Xpressbet Federico Tesio at Laurel. The 38th running of the Tesio for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles is one of seven stakes worth $750,000 in purses on an 11-race Spring Stakes Spectacular program. For the fourth straight year, the Tesio serves as a ‘Win and In’ event for Triple Crown-nominated horses to the 144th Preakness (G1) May 18 at legendary Pimlico Race Course. Also on Saturday’s card are the $125,000 Weber City Miss for 3-year-old fillies, a ‘Win and In’ race for the 95th Black-Eyed Susan (G2) May 18 at Pimlico; $100,000 Frank Whiteley Jr. and Primonetta for sprinters 3 and up on the main track; $100,000 Henry S. Clark presented by Fidelity First and James Blackwell Real Estate and Dahlia at one mile on Laurel’s world-class turf course; and inaugural $100,000 King T. Leatherbury Stakes presented by B&B Commercial Interiors going 5 ½ furlongs on the grass. First race post time is 1:10 p.m. “We were really looking to just get regional horses, plus the extra bonus money you get when you have a state-bred horse. It’s always good for the bottom line. It was just a business decision from the strictest point,” Cassidy said. “Honestly, he was a Maryland-bred, and we were looking for some young horses that had dirt experience that could run through the winter locally. “The Bentleys were not running a lot of dirt horses and they wanted to change their profile, and he hit it between the eyes,” he added. “Being a Maryland-bred, we thought being a nice horse he can run in some nice Maryland-bred races and maybe a Maryland-bred stake. It would be icing on the cake.” Still relatively new to the ownership game, much of the Bentleys’ success thus far had come with turf horses. Postulation won the American St. Leger (G3) in 2017 at Arlington Park where, three years earlier, Hardest Core upset the Arlington Million (G1) at odds of 11-1. Hardest Core, who resided at Runnymede Farm near Unionville, Pa., ran in the name of Andrew P. Bentley Stables, the Bentleys’ son. “They’re ecstatic. You couldn’t have scripted it for us better. We thought we bought a nice horse, and he turned out to be even better than expectations. They’re just loving it,” Cassidy said. “This is new for them, to have a top 3-year-old and they love it. They love the game, they love going to Laurel, they love the whole experience. “This has been great for us,” he added. “We’ve got some broodmares and we’ve been trying to get some dirt pedigrees so we have a little more diversification. This has just solidified that the direction they want to go is the right direction.” Since last fall, Alwaysmining has done everything right. All five of his victories have come in front-running fashion under jockey Daniel Centeno, who continued to fly in from Florida over the winter to ride. All together, they have won by 25 combined lengths, starting with a 10-length romp through the slop in October. From there, Alwaysmining won the Maryland Juvenile Futurity and Heft Stakes, both at seven furlongs, to cap his 2-year-old season. At that time, the connections got together to plot out a course of action for the gelding, whose sire ran in two legs of the 2011 Triple Crown, finishing second in the 1 ½-mile Belmont Stakes, before winning the 1 1/8-mile Jim Dandy (G2) and 1 ¼-mile Travers (G1). Ultimately, the decision was made to take a conservative approach. He opened his sophomore campaign with a 4 ¼-length triumph in the one-mile Miracle Wood Feb. 16, then followed up by acing his first two-turn test with a 6 ¾-length score in the Private Terms, contested at about 1 1/16 miles, March 16. Alwaysmining was nominated to Kentucky Derby (G1) point-qualifying races in California, Kentucky and New York the first weekend of April, but the connections stayed true to their plan. “When Kelly Rubley, the Bentleys and myself sat down after the Heft Stakes, we mapped these three races out for him. It was from a timing figure, a distance figure, and everything worked out perfectly,” Cassidy said. “He’s stabled at Fair Hill, so he didn’t have to do a lot of shipping. “After the Private Terms there was a little more pressure to go on the road, but we said, “This is what we mapped out, it’s been working so far, why deviate from that?’” he added. “He’s a gelding, so his longevity is most important. The best interests of him is most important. We weren’t sure about going the two turns and then after the last race, he did a great job, so let’s just stick to the plan, and the Bentleys have been great with it.” Among the horses Alwaysmining has beaten during his streak are Win Win Win, track-record winner of the Pasco Stakes this winter in Tampa and runner-up in the Blue Grass (G1) who is bound for the Derby; and Grade 3-placed Tremont Stakes winner Our Braintrust, also on the Derby trail prior to his off-the-board finish in the Rebel (G2) last month. “These are nice horses that he’s running against and we were like, ‘What a nice horse.’ After the second time your heart starts beating a little faster,” Cassidy said. “Going into the Miracle Wood he had a little break and we’ll see how he does. Then he goes two turns in the Private Terms and does what he does. It’s pretty thrilling to have a horse that’s doing this, the way he does it. “You have to give Kelly a tremendous amount of credit, and her team,” he added. “Danny Centeno has ridden him perfectly. We’re lucky that we have the people we have. They’ve done a fabulous job for us and we’re just enjoying the ride. If [the Preakness] were to happen, you’d have to peel us off the ceiling.” For the third straight race, Alwaysmining figures to be an overwhelming favorite from Post 2 in a field of six at topweight of 122 pounds, four more than each of his rivals. He has worked three times over Fair Hill’s all-weather surface, including a bullet five furlongs in 1:00 April 6. “Kelly’s very happy with the horse,” Cassidy said. “The great thing about this horse is, after it’s over he switches right back off. He’s just a sweet horse to be around. He’s a lovely horse, so the Bentleys quite enjoy being able to go to the barn and pet him and give him cookies and that kind of thing. All the way around, it’s been a great experience for them. They couldn’t be happier.” Also entered in the Tesio are multiple stakes-placed Tybalt, third behind Alwaysmining in the Miracle Wood and Private Terms; Dixie Drawl, fourth in the Private Terms in his stakes debut; Majid, a winner of his last two races including a one-mile optional claiming allowance March 24 at Laurel; Bozzini, second by a nose to Nyquist’s half-brother Still Dreaming April 13 at Laurel; and Maryland-bred Trifor Gold. “My gosh, I wish it was tomorrow,” Cassidy said. “This is another question for him. He has to get the mile and an eighth. We don’t want to put too much in front of him. He has to get the distance. It’s always a question for these young horses. We know he’ll show up, and hopefully we’re not asking him to do more than he’s up for.”