03/25/2011 4:23PM

Mineshaft recovering after surgery


Mineshaft, 2003’s Horse of the Year and champion older horse, underwent colic surgery Thursday night, according to the farm that stands him, and is expected to make a full recovery.

Lane’s End Farm in Versailles, Ky., said in a press release Friday afternoon that Mineshaft was “bright and alert” Friday after undergoing surgery to treat a bowel obstruction. According to the farm statement, the 12-year-old A. P. Indy stallion suffered no blood loss to his intestine.

“We are pleased with how Mineshaft is progressing and would hope that he will return to service during the month of April,” Lane’s End owner Will Farish said. “Any breeder needing to discuss their breeding plans can call Lane’s End at any time.”

Mineshaft is the sire of Dubai World Cup hopeful and graded winner Fly Down, Grade 1 winner Discreetly Mine, and other graded winners such as Cool Coal Man, Casino Drive, and Redding Colliery. He stands alongside his sire at Lane’s End for an advertised 2011 stud fee of $25,000.

Mineshaft is out of the Grade 1-winning Mr. Prospector mare Prospectors Delite, 2003’s Broodmare of the Year. He is a full brother to Grade 1 winner and Grade 1 producer Tomisue’s Delight and stakes-winner Rock Slide and a half-brother to Group 3 winner Monashee Mountain and stakes-winner Delta Music.