01/28/2012 3:26PM

Aqueduct: Redding Colliery bests I Want Revenge in Evening Attire


Breaking alertly to take the lead at the outset, Redding Colliery set a brisk pace while pressed by odds-on favorite I Want Revenge, and repelled that rival through the stretch for a two-length score in the $75,000 Evening Attire Stakes, which had been postponed for a week by a snowstorm the previous Saturday.

Redding Colliery won three stakes in 2010, including the Grade 2 Hawthorne Gold Cup, but coming into the Evening Attire had run just once in the past 14 months for Kiaran McLaughlin. Showing considerably more speed than when beaten at Penn National in his only start of 2011, the gray 6-year-old jumped out to the lead from the rail under Alan Garcia, set fractions of 23.87, 47.81, and 1:11.63 seconds while hounded by I Want Revenge, and turned back that rival through the final stages.

“He broke very well and I wanted to get clear,” said Garcia. “When he saw the others coming up he gave me a little push and kicked on and finished well. I knew my horse would give me a good finish, and I didn’t know how fit the favorite was.”

Redding Colliery, a 6-year-old horse by Mineshaft, ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.05 over a drying-out inner track that had just been upgraded from good to fast, and paid $6.90 to win as the second choice in a field of five. 

“It’s good to see him back on track,” said assistant trainer Art Magnuson.

  I Want Revenge, making his first start since May, drifted out a bit approaching mid-stretch and could make no headway on the winner late, while holding second by a length and one-half over Jimanator. Heart Butte, last year’s winner, ran fourth. Thunder Ball completed the order of finish.