Pauls Mill Acquires Interest in Mining My Own

Pauls Mill Acquires Interest in Mining My Own
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt
Mine That Bird winning the Kentucky Derby.

Mining My Own, dam of 2009 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Mine That Bird and 2012 Kentucky Derby runner-up and three-time grade I winner Dullahan (who is slated to run in the Nov. 3 Breeders' Cup Turf, gr. IT), has a new home at Ben and Elaine Walden's Pauls Mill near Versailles, Ky. following a recent acquisition that saw Pauls Mill purchase half interest in the 11-year-old Smart Strike   mare. Phil and Judy Needham and Bena Halecky retained the other half.

"It's a privilege to be able to buy into a mare like Mining My Own, and partnering with such great people as Phil and Judy Needham and Bena Halecky," said Ben Walden in a release. "It is remarkable to think that two of her first three foals have either won or run second in the Kentucky Derby. She's a special mare."

Mining My Own was relocated to Pauls Mill Nov. 1 along with her 2012 Giant's Causeway   colt. She will be bred to incoming WinStar Farm stallion Bodemeister   in 2013.

"We feel it is a beautiful mating when you consider that both Mine That Bird and Dullahan hail from the Fappiano sireline, as well as Bodemeister who I feel has a real chance to be a breed-shaping sire," said Walden.

Out of the Vice Regent mare Aspenelle, Mining My Own was bred by Peter Lamanthia, James Blackburn, and Needham/Betz Thoroughbreds. She was unraced.

Mine That Bird is a son of Birdstone  , a grandson of Unbridled, and Dullhan is by Even the Score  , also a grandson of Unbridled.

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