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Parx: Redeemed sets track record winning Greenwood Cup
Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. wasn’t looking for style points when it came to Redeemed’s performance in Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Greenwood Cup at Parx.
He just wanted the win.
“I wanted him to get the job done and that was it,” Dutrow said. “I have to say mission accomplished.”
Redeemed won his third consecutive stakes with a front-running, half-length victory over Not Abroad in the Greenwood. While the final margin was close, the final time was a track-record 2:28.01 for the 1 1/2 miles. The previous mark was 2:29.90 set by Evening Attire in this race in 2008.
The win earned Redeemed an entry-fees paid berth into the Breeders’ Cup Marathon at Santa Anita in early November, as the Greenwood Cup was a Win and You’re In race.
But Dutrow didn’t rule out a possible start in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
“Depending on who’s still standing at the end,” Dutrow said. “I hope we’re one of them.”
Under Ramon Dominguez, Redeemed opened up a quick six-length lead while running an opening quarter in 24.76 seconds.
After the half-mile went in 49.31 seconds - and Redeemed was still in front by three - jockey Nick Petro put Not Abroad within a length of Redeemed. But Dominguez had a good hold of Redeemed until he had to ask him a bit in the stretch to keep Not Abroad at bay. It was four lengths to Hello Lover in third. Win Willy, Eversoul and Doublethestyle completed the order of finish. Birdrun and Eldaafer were scratched.
Redeemed, a 4-year-old son of Include owned by Jay Em Ess Stable, returned $2.20 to win.
“I called Ramon, we had a long talk. We didn’t want him to do anymore than he had to do,” said Dutrow, who watched the race from his Long Island home. “Ramon gave the horse an unbelievable ride again. He knows this game.”
What Dutrow doesn’t know is where Redeemed would make his next start. The Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont on Sept. 29 is a possibility.
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