Move over Vindication. There's a new leader among the stallions entering stud in 2004. Mineshaft, the leader on the NTRA poll, will begin his stallion career in 2004 at William S. Farish's Lane End Farm near Versailles, Ky., for $100,000, twice that of Vindication, last year's champion juvenile male.
Mineshaft, a 4-year-old son of A.P. Indy out of the Mr. Prospector mare Prospectors Delight, is scheduled to contest Saturday's Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) at Belmont Park, then await the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I). He has a career record of nine wins from 17 starts and earnings of $1,683,402.
A.P. Indy, whose 2003 fee of $300,000 was below only that of Storm Cat's $500,000, will stand for the same amount in 2004 at Lane's End. By Seattle Slew, A.P. Indy tops this year's sire list, with $6.6 million in progeny earnings.
Lane's End also announced a $225,000 fee for Kingmambo, up $25,000 from 2003. The farm set a private fee for 16-year-old Summer Squall and announced that the fee for incoming stallion Toccet will be set at a later date.
Fees for other Lane's End stallions are: $50,000 for Dixieland Band, Gulch, and Lemon Drop Kid; $40,000 for Came Home; $30,000 for Dixie Union; $25,000 for Belong to Me and Smart Strike; $15,000 for Pleasant Tap; $12,500 for Stephen Got Even; $10,000 for Lil's Lad, Pine Bluff, and Silver Ghost; $7,500 for King Cugat; and $5,000 for Fit to Fight and Parade Ground.
Lane's End Texas divison also announced fees of $12,500 for Valid Expectations; $7,500 for Open Forum; $5,000 for Exciting Story; and $3,500 for Dove Hunt. Fashion Find's fee is private.
All fees are on a live-foal guarantee basis and payable Sept. 1, 2004.