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Updated on 10/10/2010 7:39PM
Redding Colliery wires Hawthorne Gold Cup
By Marcus Hersh
STICKNEY, Ill. – Redding Colliery had every right to lose the Hawthorne Gold Cup after setting a wickedly fast pace, but he dug in and held off Giant Oak and A. U. Miner to win the Grade 2, $250,000 Gold Cup by three-quarters of a length.
Racing on a deep, tiring dirt surface, Redding Colliery set fractions of 23.25 seconds for his first quarter-mile, passing the half-mile in 47 seconds, and the three-quarters in what ought to have been a suicidal 1:10.81. The other four horses anywhere close to the early fractions wound up beaten between 27 and 88 lengths. Redding Colliery wound up in the winner’s circle.
“All I heard about the track was that it was speed-favoring and that the stretch is really long,” said jockey Anna Napravnik, who made her first trip to Chicago to ride Redding Colliery.
Hawthorne’s track surface actually wasn’t speed-favoring Saturday, but Redding Colliery made it seem that way. Napravnik spoke by telephone to Art Magnusson, assistant to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, before the Gold Cup and said she received no set instruction on where to position her mount.
“They said that the horse is well and ride him as you see fit,” Napravnik said. “That’s what I like to hear.”
With pace rival Shadowbdancing getting out as the horses passed the stands the first time, Redding Colliery slipped off to a clear early lead around the first turn. There he stayed, and though Redding Colliery already was going fast, Napravnik asked for more coming off the far turn.
“I wanted to put some distance on the field,” she said.
That she did, and Redding Colliery needed most of the 4 1/2-length advantage he had at the stretch call. Giant Oak and A. U. Miner were bearing down, but Redding Colliery had enough left to hold on.
The winner, a 4-year-old Mineshaft colt owned by Mrs. Fitriani Hay, paid $5 to win and was timed in 2:04.16 for 1 1/4 miles. Redding Colliery has won 6 of 17 starts, and this was his first victory beyond 1 1/8 miles. After A. U. Miner in third came Going Ballistic, Racing Bran, Shadowbdancing, Arcodoro, and Temple City. While the winner may not go on to the Breeders’ Cup, A. U. Miner remained on course for the Breeders’ Cup Marathon, trainer Clark Hanna said. But Temple City may now be out of the Marathon after failing to handle dirt in his first try over it.
Carey: Amazing Results by a neck
The Grade 3, $100,000 Robert F. Carey Memorial also featured a fast pace, but this time the closers got to the early leader, with Amazing Results edging Tybalt by a neck.
Amazing Results won for the first time since 2008 and turned in his best race since coming back in June from a layoff of nearly a year.
“He bounced out of his last race really well, and his last work was really good,” trainer Chris Block said. “I thought he’d run well.”
Exchanging Kisses won an early battle with Tawaared, but both front-runners were sapped by a quick pace, with Exchanging Kisses getting his first half-mile in 46.35 seconds. He held well through the stretch run but was passed late by the top two, with Amazing Results just going slightly better in deep stretch while on the outside of Tybalt.
The winner, ridden by Eddie Perez, paid $25.60 and was timed in 1:35.65. Exchanging Results held third, two lengths clear of Tawaared, who was followed by My Sonny Boy, Vanquisher, Quite a Handful, Caberneigh, and Wise River.
Amazing Results is owned and was bred by Team Block, who also campaigned his dam, Ioya Two.
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