Alwaysinahurry wins the Concern Stakes in Pimlico.
Mopo Racing’s Alwaysinahurry, only making its second start this year, picked up favorite Mighty Mischief, the Class 3 winner, halfway and brought in a 4¾ length winner of the $ 100,000 Concern Stakes on Sunday at the historic Pimlico Race Course Baltimore, Maryland, home.
The fifth edition of the six-year Concern for 3-year-olds, honoring the first Maryland-bred winner of the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic, was the second of four $ 375,000 in purse wagers on the Independence Day holiday program.
Trained by Dale Capuano and ridden by Jorge Ruiz for his third win of the afternoon, Alwaysinahurry ($ 20.20) completed the distance in 1: 10.56 on a fast main course. Mighty Mischief, who took the Chick Lang Stakes Grade 3 in Pimlico on May 15th, finished second and took a streak of three races. They were followed by Three Two Zone, Singlino, Sibelius and Roderick.
“He always trained well and I always liked him,” said Capuano. “Alwaysinahurry has only let me down a few times, so we gave it time off for the winter and let it mature a little. Today he ran like I thought he could. “
Mighty Mischief stopped running from Post 1 and quickly established command of a quarter mile in: 22.97 seconds, a half in: 45.95 while being pushed outward by Roderick. Ruiz and Alwaysinahurry finished third before nearing the track, then sat down for the tightrope ride.
“He rode him excellently. We talked about that before the race. We thought there would be a lot of speed, ”said Capuano. “We knew [Mighty Mischief] wanted to get off the rails so we just wanted to break the pace and try to save floor space and he did a good job at it. He had a good trip and it worked out perfectly. “
It was the first career win for Alwaysinahurry, finishing second in the Maryland Million Nursery last fall after multiple stakes winner Kenny Had a Notion before finishing his youth season fifth behind Jaxon Traveler in the Maryland Juvenile Futurity, both at Laurel Park .
Alwaysinahurry, a walled son of leading Maryland sire Great Notion, returned in Delaware Park on June 9 from a six-month layoff as fourth with a length over his elders, giving Capuano the confidence to return to the stake society.
“The race in Delaware was a very tough race. They were all older horses and he fought to the end after the break and came out of the race really well, ”he said. “I just thought that this race is definitely no harder than the last race. It was a hidden tough race. Everything went well.”
Previous Ruiz wins on Sunday’s card included No Fooling Dude ($ 31.20) in Race 2 and Behind the Couch ($ 13) in Race 6.
Concern, trained by the late Dickie Small, won seven out of 30 career starts and more than $ 3 million in cash receipts from 1993 to 1995. His 1994 season included victories in the Breeders’ Cup and Grade 2 Arkansas Derby, runner-up in the Grade 1 Travers Stakes, Grade 1 Super Derby and Grade 2 Ohio Derby, and third in the Grade 1 Preakness Stakes, Grade 1 Haskell, Grade 2 Molson Export Million and Grade 3 Round Table.
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