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Mineshaft (horse)

Sire A.P. Indy
Dam Prospectors Delite
Grandsire Seattle Slew
Damsire Mr. Prospector
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1999
Country United States
Color Dark Brown
Breeder William S. Farish III, W. Temple Webber and James Elkins
Owner William Farish, W. Temple Webber, Jr. and James Elkins
Trainer Neil J. Howard
Record 18: 10-3-1
Earnings $2,283,402
Mineshaft is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Prospectors Delite by A.P. Indy. He was born around 1999 in the United States, and was bred by William S. Farish III, W. Temple Webber and James Elkins.
Major wins
Pimlico Special (2003)
Jockey Club Gold Cup (2003)
New Orleans Handicap (2003)
Suburban Handicap (2003)
Woodward Stakes (2003)
Ben Ali Stakes (2003)
Diplomat Way Handicap (2003)
American Horse of the Year (2003)
U.S. Champion Older Male Horse (2003)
Mineshaft Handicap at Fair Grounds Race Course
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Mineshaft (foaled May 17, 1999, in Kentucky) was a multi-millionaire American thoroughbred racehorse and successful Stallion. He was sired by 1992 U.S. Horse of the Year and U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee, A.P. Indy, who in turn was a son of 1977 U.S. Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew. His dam, Prospectors Delite, is by the leading North American sire, Mr. Prospector. Bred and owned by the partnership of William S. Farish III, W. Temple Webber, Jr. and James Elkins, Mineshaft is a product of Lane's End Farm. He finished racing with a record of 10-3-1 in 18 starts and career earnings of $2,283,402.[1]


Early career

Mineshaft was unraced at age two. Mineshaft was also slow to develop at age three. He won his first race in a maiden special weight in England at eight furlongs on the turf in 1:37 and then placed second in an allowance race also held in England. In his next race he placed third in the group one Prix Daphnis in France. He was then shipped back to the United States and moved to the barn of Neil J. Howard as his trainer. He started out in America with a win in an allowance race by 3-1/2 lengths at a mile and 70 yards at Fair Grounds Race Course in 1:38.97. He finished his three year-old season with another allowance score at an even mile at Churchill Downs in 1:36.2. His record as a sophomore was 3-1-1 in seven starts and annual earnings of $73,716.

Four-year-old season

With his late success, Mineshaft remained in the U.S. and at age four and really came into his own. He started the year off at Fair Grounds Race Course in the winter and reeled off victories in the $75,000 Diplomat Way Handicap at eight and a half furlongs in 1:43.8. Mineshaft followed that up with a runner-up finish in the $125,000 grade-three Whirlaway Handicap, losing to Balto Star. He then won big in the $500,000 grade-two New Orleans Handicap at nine furlongs in 1:48.9, by 3-1/2 lengths. He then shipped to Kentucky and crushed other stakes winners by nine lengths in the $100,000 grade-three Ben Ali Stakes at Keeneland in 1:48.52.[2]

Then Mineshaft stepped up in class and ran in the $600,000 grade one Pimlico Special Handicap at "Old Hilltop" in Baltimore, Maryland. A field of nine faced the 6-5 favorite Mineshaft and Triple Crown veteran Balto Star who was sent off at 4-1. When the gate opened, Balto Star was sent to the front and led the field through the first half mile, setting fractions of 23.1 and 46.7 over the sloppy track. The 7-2 second choice Western Pride stalked him in second and inherited the lead when Balto Star dropped out of contention, going 3/4 of a mile in 1:11. Turning for home, Mineshaft, who had stalked the pace saving ground early, was eased out three wide on the far turn and charged down the stretch, passing Western Pride after a mile in 1:36 to win going away by 3-3/4 lengths in a final time of 1:56.16. It was a head back to 42–1 longshot Judge's Case in third.

Among his victories later that year, Mineshaft won three straight grade-one races at Belmont Park in New York. He started by winning the $500,000 Grade I Suburban Handicap by 2-1/4 lengths, beating Volponi, Dollar Bill, and Evening Attire. His next victory came in the $500,000 Woodward Stakes by 4-1/2 lengths over Hold That Tiger and Puzzlement. Then, to cap off his year, he won the one million dollar Jockey Club Gold Cup, again beating Evening Attire this time by 4-1/2 lengths and ensuring his United States Horse of the Year honors. He finished the year with a record of 7-2-0 in nine starts and annual earnings of $2,209,686.[3]


Retired on October 3, 2003, due to an injury in his right front ankle, Mineshaft stands at stud at Lane's End Farm for a fee of $100,000 live foal as of 2007. He is the Sire of Gr. II winners Cool Coal Man, Casino Drive and Fly Down.



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