05/02/2016 4:59PM

Sires of the 2016 Kentucky Derby: Mineshaft

Adam Coglianese/NYRA

Mineshaft could be forgiven if he’s starting to develop a complex.

The stallion is the only Horse of the Year by the great stallion A.P. Indy and now stands directly across the aisle from his pensioned sire in the Lane’s End stallion barn.

Yet one rarely hears the 2003 Horse of the Year discussed when the topic turns to A.P. Indy’s sons at stud. Most of the headline attention goes to veteran classic sire Malibu Moon or to the commercially popular champion Bernardini.

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While flying under the radar, Mineshaft has quietly become one of the most successful representatives of A.P. Indy at stud. Of A.P. Indy’s sons standing in Kentucky and with winners on the track, Mineshaft is the leader by average progeny earnings and is tied with Malibu Moon for leading percentage of stakes horses from starters.

Suddenbreakingnews established himself as a Derby hopeful by winning the Grade 3 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park earlier this year, then rallied for second in the Arkansas Derby to secure his berth in the starting gate. Meanwhile, Weep No More punched her ticket to the Kentucky Oaks with an eye-popping closing kick to knock off top contenders Rachel’s Valentina, Cathryn Sophia, and Carina Mia in the Grade 1 Ashland Stakes at Keeneland.

Mineshaft began his career as a winner in Europe before coming to the United States, where he won 9 of 11 starts and never finished worse than second. He ripped off six graded stakes victories in 2003 – four of them Grade 1 – by a combined 27 lengths. He concluded that season, and his career, with open-lengths wins in a trio of prestigious events in New York – the Suburban Handicap, Woodward, and Jockey Club Gold Cup – to secure Horse of the Year and champion older male honors. He retired with a record of 18-10-3-1 and earnings of more than $2.2 million, and the following spring began his stud career at co-breeder and co-owner William S. Farish’s Lane’s End in Kentucky.

Mineshaft’s top earner is Effinex, who finished second to Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic before taking the Grade 1 Clark Handicap. Recent winner of the Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap – his fifth stakes victory – Effinex has earned more than $2.6 million.

Mineshaft’s daughter It’s Tricky won the Grade 1 Acorn Stakes and Coaching Club American Oaks and made it a trio of top-level victories with the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps Handicap the following season. Mineshaft also is the sire of Florida Derby winner Dialed In, Grade 1-winning sprinter Discreetly Mine, Grade 1-winning juvenile Bond Holder, and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint winner Hightail.

The best finishes in the Triple Crown series by progeny of Mineshaft are by Nehro, second in the 2011 Kentucky Derby; and Fly Down, second in the 2010 Belmont Stakes. Fly Down was multiple Grade 1-placed, including a third to Blame and Zenyatta in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.