Mineshaft Works Toward Stephen Foster

Mineshaft Works Toward Stephen Foster
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt
Mineshift, winning the Pimlico Special.
From track reports
William S. Farish's Mineshaft, an impressive winner of the Pimlico Special (gr. I) in his most recent start, breezed four furlongs at Churchill Downs on Tuesday as trainer Neil Howard prepares the colt for a run in the $750,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) on June 14.

The 4-year-old son of A.P. Indy covered the distance in 48.80 over a "fast" track under exercise rider Annie Finney.

"We were just looking to go a nice half," said Howard. "He galloped out in 1:01 3/5 and finished up real strong. He was well within himself, so it looks like he came out of the race good and looked like he's still holding his form."

The work by Mineshaft was 10th fastest of 48 moves at the distance.

In another Stephen Foster development, D. Wayne Lukas said that Baker, Cornstein and Mack's Proud Citizen, fourth to Aldebaran in Monday's Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park, would run next in the Stephen Foster. Proud Citizen ran second to War Emblem in last year's Kentucky Derby

Meanwhile, Padua Stable and Fog City Stable's Full Mandate, winner of the Black Tie Affair at Arlington Park, breezed five furlongs in 1:02 for trainer Steve Asmussen.

Joseph Vitello's Tenpins, third in the 2002 Stephen Foster, returned to serious training on Tuesday with a four furlong work at Churchill Downs. The Michigan-bred son of Smart Strike covered the distance in :49.20 for trainer Don Winfree. It was the first breeze for Tenpins since the 5-year-old colt suffered a bruised foot in a fourth-place finish to Lido Palace last November in the Clark Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs.

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