Mineshaft, Cuvee Work at Churchill
William S. Farish, Temple Webber, Jr. and James Elkins' Mineshaft turned in an easy four furlong breeze on Monday at Churchill Downs, his first work since his narrow loss to Perfect Drift in the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) on June 14.
Exercise rider Annie Finney was in the saddle as the son of A.P. Indy and winner of the Pimlico Special (gr. I) breezed the distance in :50.60 over a "fast" track.
"He went nice -- he went 11-and-three (fifths) the last eighth)," said Howard. "We had to be very careful this morning not to do too much with him, because he will do it if you let him." Mineshaft is scheduled to run next in the $500,000 Suburban Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park on July 5. Howard said the 4-year-old colt is scheduled to ship to the New York track on July 1.
In another Churchill workout Monday, Winchell Thoroughbreds' Cuvee, a romping winner in the Kentucky Breeders' Cup (gr. III) on May 26, tuned up for a scheduled run in the $125,000-added BashfordManor (gr. III) on July 6 with a sharp five-furlong breeze.
The 2-year-old son of Carson City, who is unbeaten in two starts, worked in company with the 3-year-old Defrere's Vixen and both covered the distance in :59.80.
Their five-furlong clocking was the fastest of 25 at the distance over a "fast" track. Jockey Lonnie Meche rode Cuvee in the work. Also working for Asmussen was Best To Be King, a 2-year-old son of Menifee who easily won his only career turned in a strong four-furlong workout on Monday.
He breezed four furlongs in :48.80, which ranked 11th among 44 works at the distance.
Best To Be King is schedule to run in the Tremont (gr. III) on June 28 at Belmont Park.