Updated April 16, 2015
We knew he was set to soar. Wolf Man Rocket, a progressive three-year-old and $550,000 two-year old was co-favored alongside Hillbilly Royalty to earn his diploma, the chestnut got off a step slow from the outside post in this eight-horse affair and tracked from a three-wide fifth off moderate early splits of :23.30 and :46.83. Swiftly picking off rivals on the backstretch, Wolf Man Rocket reeled in the pacesetting Hillbilly Royalty in mid-stretch and drew clear to graduate in style.
But even with the earners of $31 million to his credit, MINESHAFT is set up for a blockbuster 2015 and 2016, as runners from his best-ever books hit the track.
MINESHAFT covered full books of 135 and 137 mares in 2011 and 2012, respectively, and now the produce from those mares are 2- and 3-year-olds.
Consider this: MINESHAFT’s 2011 book included the dams of no fewer than seven Grade 1 winners, including the dams of last year’s G1 Wood Memorial winner Wicked Strong and MINESHAFT’S own G1 Florida Derby hero Dialed In.
MINESHAFT’s book also included the dams of Grade 2 winners of the ilk of Authenticity, whose three Grade 1 placings included a third in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff in 2013.
Divine Oath had a strong 2014, winning three Grade 3 events as a 3yo, and his dam was another visitor to MINESHAFT in 2011.
In all, MINESHAFT’s 2011 book included 30 stakes-winning mares, including seven of the graded variety, and 50 mares who were black-type producers—33 of whom had produced at least one stakes winner.
MINESHAFT’s 2012 book also featured the dam of last year’s G2 Nashua S. and G2 Futurity S. winner Blofeld (QUALITY ROAD), as well as Dreams, dam of the G2 Swaps S. winner Dreamy Kid (LEMON DROP KID) and the graded winner Kid Dreams (LEMON DROP KID).
The $1.9 million earner Prayer For Relief, a four-time graded winner, is a grandson of A.P. INDY, and his dam was a logical inclusion in MINESHAFT’s ’12 book. So too was the dam of the G2 Indiana Derby winner Don’t Get Mad (STEPHEN GOT EVEN), another A.P. INDY grandson.
MINESHAFT’s 2012 book included 31 individual stakes winners, and 49 black-type producers. Thirty-five mares in his book produced at least one stakes winner winner, and a full 20 of those had produced at least one graded winner.
The strength of MINESHAFT’s 2011 and 2012 books were borne out at the yearling sales. In 2013, his yearlings averaged $91,266, and included individuals who sold for $400,000, $310,000, $230,000, $220,000, etc.
MINESHAFT’s 2014 juveniles-in-training, meanwhile, made $550,000, $475,000, $250,000, $240,000, etc.
MINESHAFT’s 2014 yearlings averaged an even-stronger $96,792, with individuals selling for $440,000, $375,000, $300,000, $260,000, $225,000, $190,000, etc.
Thus far in 2015, six of MINESHAFT’s seven 2yos-in-training through the ring have sold, bringing big returns at $400,000, $340,000, $240,000, $190,000, $120,000, etc.
Still haven’t booked your mare for the 2015 season? There are still openings to MINESHAFT, the rare proven sire that still has huge upside!