If 2010 was a breakout year for MINESHAFT, who ended the season as a Top 15 stallion on the General Sire List, then 2011 is a reaffirmation that he is indeed one of the best stallions in the country. A.P. INDY’s blue-blooded Horse of the Year is currently ranked seventh in the nation by progeny earnings, with his runners garnering a more-than $3.8-million bankroll.
What’s more, MINESHAFT is proving one of most reliable sources of classic-generation competitors. That was shown earlier in the year when Dialed In emerged as the favorite for the GI Kentucky Derby after victories in the G1 Florida Derby and G3 Holy Bull S. Bred by W. S. Farish, Madeleine Pickens & Skara Glen Stables and sold by Lane’s End for $475,000, Dialed In has earned over $935,000. MINESHAFT was also represented in the Triple Crown series by Nehro, runner-up in the Kentucky Derby, GI Arkansas Derby and G2 Louisiana Derby and himself an earner of over $880,000. Nehro was bred by Mt. Brilliant Farm.
Over the past two months, MINESHAFT’s 3-year-old daughter It’s Tricky has put herself in consideration for divisional honors. First, the progressive miss beat the West Coast’s top filly, Turbulent Descent, in the GI TVG Acorn S. on Belmont Stakes day, then she defeated G1 Kentucky Oaks heroine Plum Pretty on the square in the G1 TVG Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga July 23. She has won five of six starts for Godolphin and banked over $435,000. She was bred by Stonerside Stable.
Also in July, MINESHAFT’s son A. U. Miner, bred by Ten Broeck Farm and sold by Lane’s End, positioned himself for another run at the Breeders’ Cup Marathon. The half-sibling to G1SW Star Parade (Arg), third in the Marathon a year ago, drew clear by 3 1/2 lengths in the $200,000 Greenwood Cup S. July 16. Further 2011 black-type horses by MINESHAFT include stakes winner Kiss Mine, Minewander, Mined Over Matter, Mine Over Matter, Philippe, State Treasure, etc.
MINESHAFT, striking one gold vein after another.