Mineshaft H. (gr. III)

(gr. III , 8.5f ,)

STONEHOUSE (B h, 116 lb) $60,000
Chester House —Jenny D. , by Regal Embrace
B—Richard F. Rudolph, IL.; O—Rudolph, Richard and Vranich, Michael; T—Joseph E. Broussard

General Quarters (GR/RO h, 121 lb) $20,000
Sky Mesa —Ecology , by Unbridled's Song
B—Mr. & Mrs. R. David Randal, KY.; O—Thomas R. McCarthy; T—Thomas R. McCarthy

Giant Oak (CH h, 121 lb) $10,000
Giant's Causeway —Crafty Oak , by Crafty Prospector
B—Virginia H. Tarra Trust, IL.; O—Virginia H. Tarra Trust; T—Neil L. Pessin

Margins: neck, 1¾, 3¾. Others: Friesan Fire 122($4,000) , Good and Lucky 118($2,000) . Winning Jockey, Miguel Mena.

The Feb. 20-21 weekend proved enjoyable for Richard F. Rudolph and Michael Vranich. Stonehouse, a 6-year-old Illinois-bred owned by the two men, won the Feb. 20 Mineshaft Handicap (gr. III) at Fair Grounds. The following day, Stonehouse was honored as 2009 Illinois champion older male by the Illinois Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Foundation at the organizationÕs award dinner at Hawthorne.

The Mineshaft was the sixth added-money triumph and the first graded win for Stonehouse. The longest shot on the board, at 16-1, Stonehouse gutted it out to beat grade I winner General Quarters by a neck. Friesan Fire, the 3-5 favorite and last yearÕs favorite in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), finished fourth.

In 2009 Stonehouse won four stakes at four different tracks and ran second in two others. His richest score came in the $100,000 Fifth Season Stakes at Oaklawn Park. Only one of his 2009 added-money wins, in the Milwaukee Avenue Handicap at Hawthorne, came in Illinois.

Rudolph, from Chesterfield, Mo., west of St. Louis, is the breeder of Stonehouse, plus such other stakes winners as Magnetic Miss. Campaigned by Rudolph and Vranich, Magnetic Miss won stakes from 2006-09. She was voted 2007 Illinois champion 3-year-old filly.

Stonehouse is out of the Regal Embrace mare Jenny D. He was foaled at Barney and Anne GallagherÕs Gallagher Farm near Walnut Hill, Ill. Jenny D. spends most of the year at Curtis KenimerÕs Marsetta near Paris, Ky. She is not in foal for 2010 and is not yet booked.

Chester House, sire of Stonehouse, is represented as a sire by 28 stakes winners. In addition to Stonehouse, his seven added-money winners of 2009 included grade I winner Ventura, second in Eclipse Award balloting for best female sprinter. Chester House stood at Khalid AbdullahÕs Juddmonte Farms near Lexington prior to his death in 2003.ÑD.S.