Mrs. Fitriani Hay’s Redding Colliery held off the late-charging Giant Oak by three-quarters of a length to win the $250,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap (gr. II) (VIDEO) Oct. 2 in Illinois. A. U. Miner was third, only a neck behind the runner-up.
Ridden by Rosie Napravnik and trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, Redding Colliery broke sharply from the inside and inherited the early lead from Shadowbdancing, who was rank through the opening furlong. Posting quick early fractions of :23.25, :47, and 1:10.81, Redding Colliery opened up 10 lengths on the field and then dug in gamely in Hawthorne Racecourse’s stretch. Carrying 116 pounds, he covered 1 ¼ miles in 2:04.16 over a fast track.
The 7-5 favorite, Redding Colliery returned $5, $2.60, and $2.10. Giant Oak paid $3.40 and $2.60 while A. U. Miner returned $4.20.
The co-topweights, Going Ballistic and Shadowbdancing, carried 118 pounds apiece and finished fourth and six, respectively.
Napravnik went into the race with one thought in mind, and she got the job done.
“All I heard about Hawthorne was that it was speed favoring,” Napravnik said. “They said that the stretch was so long that if you could put some distance between you and the other horses, you were better off. I knew I was on a quality horse and he took me all the way. He runs his race every time. It doesn’t matter where. I don’t know where they are sending him next but I did hear the name Breeders’ Cup and if he’s going there, I would love to be on him.”
Bred by Gainesway Thoroughbreds and 707 Stables in Kentucky, Redding Colliery is a 4-year-old son of Mineshaft and the Zilzal mare Joop. He has won six of his 17 career races while earning $608,353. His other efforts include victories in this year’s Lone Star Park Handicap (gr. III) and the John B. Campbell Handicap at Laurel Park.
In another race on the Gold Cup card, the $100,000 Robert F. Carey Memorial Handicap (gr. IIIT) (VIDEO), Amazing Results defeated Tybalt by a neck and Exchanging Kisses was only another neck farther back in third. Favored Vanquisher finished sixth.
Sent off at odds of 11-1, Amazing Results was ridden by Eduardo Perez. The 5-year-old horse is a Team Block homebred and is trained by Chris Block.
A son of Grand Slam and the Lord At War mare Ioya Two, Amazing Results has won six of his 21 career starts and has earned $354,784.
After racing near the back of the pback early in the Carey Memorial, Illinois-bred Amazing Results rallied wide. He covered a mile in 1:35.65 over a firm course. while carrying 114 pounds.
The three co-topweights, Quite a Handful, Caberneigh, and Wise River, carried 118 pounds apeice. Quite a Handful and Caberneigh finished seventh and eighth, respectively. Wise River failed to complete the race and was vanned off the track afterward.