Redding Colliery wires Hawthorne Gold Cup
Mrs. Fitriani Hay's REDDING COLLIERY (Mineshaft) made all the pace in Saturday's $250,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup (G2), opening a sizable early advantage before holding on to win by three parts of a length. Favored at 3-2 in the eight-horse field, the Kiaran McLaughlin-trained four-year-old punched his ticket to the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) and turned 1 1/4 miles over the fast Chicago track in 2:04.
With Anna Napravnik up, Redding Colliery led by a head through an opening quarter-mile in :23 1/5 and by two lengths after a half-mile in :47. He continued to widen his advantage as approached the far turn, passing the six-furlong mark in 1:10 4/5 with a four-length cushion, and appeared on his way to a convincing decision as he entered the stretch.
The gray colt led by 8 1/2 lengths after completing a mile in 1:37, but Giant Oak (Giant's Causeway) and A. U. Miner (Mineshaft) rallied strongly in the final quarter-mile to make it interesting late.
The winner paid $5, $2.60 and $2.10, and 9-5 second choice Giant Oak, who trailed by nearly 20 lengths in seventh after three-quarters of a mile, returned $3.40 and $2.60 after edging the late-running A. U. Miner by a head. The third-place finisher wound up 15 1/2 lengths clear of fourth and gave back $4.20 at 10-1. Going Ballistic (Lite the Fuse), Racing Bran (Awesome Again), Shadowbdancing (Montbrook), Arcodoro (Medaglia d'Oro) and Temple City (Dynaformer) completed the order of finish.
The exotics yielded $12.80 (exacta), $49.80 (trifecta) and $239.40 (1-4-6-8 superfecta).
Winner of the Lone Star Park H. (G3) two starts previously, Redding Colliery was exiting a second in the Philip H. Iselin S. (G3). The three-time stakes winner boosted his bankroll to $608,353 from his 17-6-2-3 mark. Originally based in England with Jane Chapple-Hyam, for whom he broke his maiden over Kempton's Polytrack in 2008, he spent the following winter in Dubai with Herman Brown. The highlight of his 2009 Carnival was a third behind Desert Party (Street Cry [Ire]) and Regal Ransom (Distorted Humor) in the U.A.E. Two Thousand Guineas (UAE-G3). Redding Colliery resurfaced with McLaughlin at Saratoga last summer, but didn't clear his entry-level allowance condition until October at Aqueduct. Returning to stakes company in the Discovery H. (G3) next time out, he tired to fourth.
Redding Colliery opened 2010 with a front-running allowance/optional claiming score over Aqueduct's inner dirt and followed with a four-length score in the John B. Campbell H. at Laurel Park. He finished third in the Charles Town Classic before the aforementioned Lone Star Park H.
Bred by Gainesway Thoroughbreds and 707 Stables in Kentucky, Redding Colliery passed through the sales ring twice, bringing $170,000 as a Keeneland September yearling before commanding $647,842 as a Tattersalls Craven two-year-old. He is out of the winning Zilzal mare Joop, whose other progeny include stakes winner and Grade 2-placed Joopy Doopy (Gilded Time); the stakes-placed American Czarina (Quiet American); an unraced juvenile filly named Design Mine (Mineshaft); an unnamed yearling colt by Hard Spun; and an unnamed weaning filly by Medaglia d'Oro. Joop also figures as the second dam of multiple stakes victor Trinity Magic (Performing Magic). This is the family of Ride Sally (Raja Baba), heroine of the 1986 Top Flight H. (G1).
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