Perennial leading sire MINESHAFT has two stakes winners in May, including the first-time black-type winner Hoist, last year’s G3 British Columbia Derby third who won the Governors H. in eye-catching fashion May 19. Partnered with Aaron Gryder, Hoist was on the lead through blistering splits of :21.93 and :43.83 and stopped the clock for the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:14.78. The game 4yo has missed the board just once in 11 starts and has earned over $200,000. Bred by John C. Oxley, Hoist is owned by North American Thoroughbred Racing Comp., Inc. He’s trained by Mike Puhich.
Meanwhile, the 13-times stakes performer Mine Over Matter, a 6yo horse by MINESHAFT, added yet another black-type win to his resume when he came through as the favorite in the 7f Corma Ray S. at Belmont May 9. Mine Over Matter has now won a stakes in three of the last four seasons and has earned over $455,000. Mine Over Matter is a homebred for Chester and Mary Broman, Sr. and is trained by Mike Hushion.
On Apr. 28 at Woodbine, MINESHAFT’s 4yo daughter Starship Universe just missed her first graded score when second by a head in the 6f Whimsical S. Another of MINESHAFT’s 4yo daughters, the G. Watts Humphrey, Jr.-bred Minesave, has also been productive in 2013. The Lane’s End-sold Minesave placed in both the Pippin S. at Oaklawn and the Gold Coast S. and has now earned more than $100,000.
In Saudi Arabia earlier in the season, MINESHAFT’s millionaire Fly Down captured the Crown Prince Cup for the second straight year with a dominating 10 3/4-length score. American fans remember him as the horse who beat GI BC Classic winner Drosselmeyer by six lengths in the G2 Dwyer S. just prior to finishing second in the G1 Belmont S. Fly Down was beaten just a nose in that year’s G1 Travers S. and also finished third in the G1 BC Classic. Fly Down was bred by Broadway Thoroughbreds and Lane’s End and was sold by Lane’s End.
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