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Oct 02, 2003

Mineshaft rules at Jockey Club Gold Cup

By: Sports Network

Elmont, NY (Sports Network) - Mineshaft pulled away down the

stretch to post a 4 1/4-length victory in the Jockey Club Gold

Cup at Belmont Park.

The time for the 1 1/4 miles was 2:00.25.

Mineshaft has won four Grade I races this year, including three

in a row, and is now the favorite for Horse of the Year honors.

He had won the Suburban Handicap and Woodward Stakes in his previous

two races and could make his next start at the Breeders" Cup Classic.

The four-year-old colt has won seven of his nine races in 2003 and

co-owner Will Farish Jr. has said Mineshaft will be retired to stud

at the end of the year. The winner"s share of $600,000 increased

Mineshaft"s career earnings to $2.2 million.

Quest set the early pace with Moon Ballad trailing and Mineshaft

settling into third.

Heading into the far turn, jockey Robby Albarado made his move and

Mineshaft overtook the two leaders at the three-eighths pole. He

cruised to the wire from there.

Mineshaft went off as the overwhelming favorite and paid $2.80 and

$2.10. Quest finished second and returned $2.10 to place. There was

no show wagering in the five-horse field.

Evening Attire was third, followed by State Shinto and Moon Ballad.

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