Alwaysinahurry strolling towards return

His name may suggest otherwise, but the connections of Mopo Racing’s Alwaysinahurry are taking their time bringing the now-4-year-old stakes winner back to the races.

Owned in a partnership led by Maury Povich, recently retired as the longest-running talk show host in television history with the final original episodes of his daytime program airing in September, Alwaysinahurry made his return to the work tab late last month.

The gelded bay son of six-time defending champion Maryland stallion Great Notion breezed three furlongs in 36.60 seconds March 27 at Laurel, the fastest of 14 horses. He followed up with a 36.40 move at the same distance April 3, ranking first of 22 horses.

“So far he’s coming along just fine. He’s in good shape,” trainer Dale Capuano said. “He had a nice rest and he’s just starting out with a couple three-eighths works, so we’ve got a little ways to go yet before he’s ready. Probably sometime at the end of May, first of June. I don’t know what kind of races will be available for him then, but so far so good.”

Alwaysinahurry took five tries to break his maiden, that coming in September 2020 at Delaware Park. He raced three more times at 2, running second to stablemate Kenny Had a Notion in the Maryland Million Nursery and fifth behind Maryland-bred champion 2- and 3-year-old Jaxon Traveler in the Maryland Juvenile.

As a 3-year-old Alwaysinahurry raced three times, running fourth in a June 9 starter allowance at Delaware to launch his sophomore campaign. He defeated Chick Lang (G3) winner Mighty Mischief by 4 ¾ lengths in the Concern July 4 – Mopo’s first stakes winner – and was second to Jaxon Traveler in the Star de Naskra Aug. 21, both sprinting six furlongs at historic Pimlico Race Course.

Alwaysinahurry had one more work following the Star de Naskra before being put away for the winter with sights set on 2022.

“We rested a lot of them during the winter. They’re coming back now, so hopefully it pays off,” Capuano said. “That was pretty much what our thinking was. He’s a 4-year-old now, so hopefully he’s going to have a good year. We’re looking forward to him having a nice year.”

Not only was Alwaysinahurry the first stakes winner for Povich, who launched Mopo in 2019, but the horse was part of the first crop of yearlings that he purchased, costing $70,000 at Fasig-Tipton’s Midlantic Eastern Fall Sale in October 2019 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium.

“That turned out pretty good,” Capuano said. “He’s very patient. You won’t come across a client any better than him, that’s for sure.”