House Party, a grade I winner for breeder/owner Joseph Shields Jr., has been retired after coming out of the March 7 Hurricane Bertie Handicap at Gulfstream Park with a minor ankle injury. The 4-year-old daughter of French Deputy is booked to Horse of the Year Mineshaft
at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky.
House Party won the Hurricane Bertie and five other stakes, including the Prioress Stakes (gr. I) and the Endine Handicap (gr. III) in track-record-equaling time of 1:08.35 for six furlongs at Delaware Park. She also placed in five stakes, and retired with seven wins from 17 starts and earnings of $694,564.
House Party, who was produced from the Relaunch mare Bill Back, was foaled at Leverett and Linda Miller's T-Square Stud near Fairfield, Fla. "Mr. Shields and I selected Mineshaft as a mate for House Party because the resultant foal would be inbred to Somethingroyal three times," Lev Miller said.
Somethingroyal is the dam of Secretariat and Sir Gaylord.
Bill Back is boarded at T-Square and is in foal to French Envoy for next year.