|REDEEMED (Equiphoto Photo)|
Virginia-bred champion Redeemed won his third consecutive stakes with a front-running, half-length victory over Not Abroad in Saturday’s $200,000 Greenwood Cup Gr.2 at Parx. While the final margin was close, the final time was a track-record 2:28.01 for the 1 1/2 miles. The previous mark was 2:29.90 set by Evening Attire in this race in 2008.
The win earned Redeemed an entry-fees paid berth into the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Marathon at Santa Anita in early November, as the Greenwood Cup was a Win and You’re In race.
That said, trainer Tony Dutrow isn’t ruling out a possible start in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
“Depending on who’s still standing at the end,” Dutrow said. “I hope we’re one of them.”
Under Ramon Dominguez, Redeemed opened up a quick six-length lead while running an opening quarter in 24.76 seconds.
After the half-mile went in 49.31 seconds - and Redeemed was still in front by three - jockey Nick Petro put Not Abroad within a length of Redeemed. But Dominguez had a good hold of Redeemed until he had to ask him a bit in the stretch to keep Not Abroad at bay. It was four lengths to Hello Lover in third. Win Willy, Eversoul and Doublethestyle completed the order of finish. Birdrun and Eldaafer were scratched.
Redeemed is a four-year-old son of Include, out of Early Mass by Pleasant Tap. He was bred by Wayne and Susie Chatfield-Taylor’s Morgan’s Ford Farm and he races for Jay Em Ess Stable.
The Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont on Sept. 29 is a possible next start for Redeemed.