Runnymede Racing's Alwaysmining exited his first work since the 144th Preakness Stakes (G1) May 18 in good order, as his connections continue to examine their options for the multiple stakes winner's next start.
Trainer Kelly Rubley, who won Sunday's fifth race at Laurel Park with Gunpowder Farms' homebred Boundary Pass ($4.60), said she was pleased with Alwaysmining's return to the work tab after having his six-race win streak snapped when 11th in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown.
“It was a nice, solid work,” Rubley said of Alwaysmining's half-mile breeze in 48.60 seconds Saturday over the all-weather surface at Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Md., fifth-fastest of 35 horses. “He started off nice and easy in 12 and change and finished up in 11 and change – exactly what I was looking for.”
Alwaysmining had won five consecutive stakes and was three-for-three this year after his 11 ½-length romp in the 1 1/8-mile Federico Tesio Stakes April 20 at Laurel, which earned him an automatic berth in the Preakness. In that race, he was third in a threatening position approaching the stretch before dropping back.
“It's a relief, I'll tell you,” Rubley said of the work. “He galloped out really well. We were very happy.”
Rubley indicated that she may cut Alwaysmining back for his return to racing. He is nominated to the $150,000 Easy Goer June 8 at Belmont Park, contested at 1 1/16 miles, as is the Matt Winn (G3) June 15 at Churchill Downs.
Other upcoming spots for 3-year-olds include the 1 1/16-mile Affirmed (G3) June 16 at Santa Anita and the 1 1/8-mile Ohio Derby (G3) June 22 at Thistledown.
“We still have some thoughts in our head. We haven't put anything down yet as definite at this point,” Rubley said. “He's happy. I'm going to work him again next week and we'll go from there, but everything's good so far.”
Boundary Pass' victory came in 1:40.22 over a firm Dahlia turf course, eclipsing the previous track record of 1:40.26 set by Seeking the Sunset April 22.
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