Mineshaft, now in Kentucky.

Mineshaft, now in Kentucky.

Skip Dickstein

Mineshaft Arrives in Kentucky; Classic Decision Likely by Monday

Mineshaft, winner of the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) and Woodward (gr. I), arrived at trainer Neil Howard's barn at Churchill Downs at 8 p.m. Wednesday after his flight was delayed, and walked the shed Thursday morning.

"He shipped very well, and we'll take him to the track tomorrow," said Howard, who was en route to Kentucky. "We had him out for a jog at Belmont before he left and he looks great."

There has been a good deal of speculation whether Mineshaft will run in the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I) or be retired to stud at Lane's End Farm, where he will stand next year for a $100,000 stud fee.

"I spoke to Mr. Farish (co-owner and co-breeder William Farish) and I believe he should make an announcement by Monday or Tuesday at the latest. Mr. Farish has been reading everything and has received a lot of e-mails at the farm, and is taking everything into consideration before deciding. If we do run, we'll train him at Churchill Downs and ship to Santa Anita on the Tuesday before the race."

Mineshaft has been in training since he began his career in the spring of 2002. This year, he has won the New Orleans (gr. II)) and Diplomat Way Handicaps at Fair Grounds, Ben Ali (gr. III) at Keeneland, Pimlico Special (gr. I), and the Suburban (gr. I), Jockey Club Gold Cup, and Woodward at Belmont Park.