Alwaysmining has made a name for himself at Laurel Park, where the 3-year-old Kelly Rubley trainee has won his last five starts in impressive fashion. The Stay Thirsty colt is Triple Crown nominated, and Runnymede Farm is faced with a decision: should they send Alwaysmining to try to earn Kentucky Derby points in the April 6 Blue Grass Stakes, or should they focus on the Federico Tesio, which offers the winner a berth in the Preakness?
“We sat down and had discussions about where to go next and we have nominated to the Blue Grass. We are also nominated for the Tesio at Laurel (April 20),” Rubley told WBAL News Radio. “The Blue Grass comes back in 3 weeks (after the Private Terms Stakes win) and the Tesio gives us a little more time, so we're tending to lean in that direction, but nothing is set in stone yet.”
Compared to the majority of 3-year-olds on the Triple Crown trail, Alwaysmining has a wealth of experience. He made nine starts as a juvenile, and has run 11 times total, winning six. His last race was his most impressive yet: in his first start around two turns, Alwaysmining drew off to win the 1 1/16-mile Private Terms Stakes by 6 3/4 lengths.
Read more at WBAL News Radio.
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