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Key to the Mint

Key to the Mint
Sire Graustark
Dam Key Bridge
Grandsire Ribot
Damsire Princequillo
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1969
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder Paul Mellon
Owner Rokeby Stables
Trainer J. Elliott Burch
Record 29: 14-4-3
Earnings $576,015
Key to the Mint is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Key Bridge by Graustark. He was born around 1969 in the United States, and was bred by Paul Mellon.
Major wins
Remsen Stakes (1971)
Withers Stakes (1972)
Woodward Stakes (1972)
Derby Trial Stakes (1972)
Brooklyn Handicap (1972)
Whitney Stakes (1972)
Travers Stakes (1972)
Suburban Handicap (1973)
Excelsior Handicap (1973)
American Champion 3-Year-Old Colt (1972)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Key to the Mint (1969-1996) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse. Bred by Paul Mellon and raced under his Rokeby Stable colors, Key to the Mint was trained by future Hall of Fame inductee, Elliott Burch. He did not run in the Kentucky Derby, the first race of the U.S. Triple Crown series, but then finished third to winner Bee Bee Bee in the Preakness Stakes and fourth to Riva Ridge in the Belmont Stakes.

Following his mediocre performance in two of the Triple Crown races, Ket to the Mint went on to dominate his age group in 1972 and was voted the Eclipse Award for American Champion Three-Year-Old Male Horse. He continued to race at age four, notably winning the 1973 Excelsior Handicap and equalling the track record for 9.5 furlongs in winning the Suburban Handicap.

Retired to stud duty, Key to the Mint sired Plugged Nickle, the 1980 American Champion Sprint Horse, Java Gold, a multiple Grade 1 winner and sire of Kona Gold, and Jewel Princess, the 1996 American Champion Older Female Horse. He is also the damsire of European Champion, Swain, and the Canadian Champion 3-Year-Old Male Horse, Key to the Moon.



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