Among the 2003 victories by Horse of the Year Mineshaft was the Woodward.

Among the 2003 victories by Horse of the Year Mineshaft was the Woodward.

Barbara D. Livingston

Mineshaft Runs Away With Horse of the Year Honors

In seven races in Europe in 2002, all Mineshaft was able to do was break his maiden in a one-mile turf race at Newmarket in England. The final two starts of his 3-year-old campaign produced victories in allowance company in the United States, and they were much more indicative of things to come. The son of A. P. Indy went on to win 10 of 18 lifetime starts before being retired and on Monday was named Horse of the Year and champion handicap horse for 2003.

In voting by members of the National Turf Writers Association, editorial staff members of the Daily Racing Form and the NTRA/Equibase, Mineshaft received 209 votes for Horse of the Year, followed by Congaree with 11; Halfbridled, 9; Funny Cide, 4; Candy Ride, 3; High Chaparral, 2; Medaglia d'Oro, 2; Azeri, 1; Empire Maker, 1; Perfect Drift, 1; Pleasantly Perfect, 1; and Six Perfections, 1. There were three voting abstentions in this category.

Mineshaft, owned by his breeders, William S. Farish, James Elkins, and Temple Webber Jr., was retired to stand at stud for the 2004 season at Farish's Lane's End Farm near Midway, Ky.

He retired with earnings of $2,283,402 and won 10 of his 18 lifetime starts. During his championship campaign, he ran up seven victories in nine trips to post . In addition to the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I), he won grade I contests in the Pimlico Special, Suburban Handicap, and Woodward Stakes. He also took the New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) and the Ben Ali Stakes (gr. III).

Read About Mineshaft's season, including Past Performances and Pedigree Information (PDF, Requires Acrobat Reader)