10/23/2012 4:14PM

Santa Anita notes: Nates Mineshaft will miss Breeders' Cup

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Nates Mineshaft has not raced since finishing third in the Stephen Foster in June.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Nates Mineshaft, who recently was transferred to California and to trainer Richard Mandella, will miss the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile and will be off indefinitely, Mandella said Tuesday.

“We found a problem and he needs time off, so we sent him home,” said Mandella, who declined to elaborate on the nature of the injury. “We’ll give him a little rest and try to get him back late next year.”

Nates Mineshaft won the New Orleans Handicap earlier this year. He has not raced since finishing third in the Stephen Foster in June. He was taken away from trainer Austin Smith after being scratched from the Hawthorne Gold Cup the morning of the race Oct. 6. Smith did not want to run him.

First local winner for Hernandez

Apprentice jockey Efrain Hernandez, who grew up in Southern California but began his career in the East, earned his first local victory on Saturday with a 15-1 upset on Sea Rascal in the seventh race.

Hernandez, 21, is the son of a local exercise rider. But he was not allowed to come on the track until he completed high school, hence the reason he is still an apprentice at age 21, according to his agent, Derek Lawson.

Hernandez rode previously at Thistledown, Presque Isle, and Mountaineer Park. He currently has a seven-pound allowance. His apprenticeship lasts until next July.

Humberto Loma, the trainer of Sea Rascal, also was scoring his first Santa Anita victory. He was a longtime assistant in Northern California to trainer Steve Miyadi.

Broken Dreams could sneak one in

Broken Dreams, who won the Sen. Ken Maddy Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday, could be wheeled back on Nov. 4 in the Grade 2, $150,000 Goldikova Stakes at one mile on turf, trainer Tom Proctor said.

Broken Dreams suffered a serious knee injury at age 3 before she ever ran, but has gone on to win 7 times in 22 starts. Proctor said she will be retired at year’s end and bred next spring.

Jockeys tend bar to raise money

“Jocktails at the Breeders’ Cup,” featuring jockeys serving as bartenders, will be held Monday at Santa Anita in the FrontRunner restaurant from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with all proceeds going to the Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund.

Fans can purchase tickets for $100 online at www.breederscup.com/jocktails.

The fund provides assistance to 60 former jockeys who have suffered catastrophic ontrack injuries. Most have been paralyzed or suffered brain injuries.