I originally published this article in March 2012 covering Mining My Own's recent success with her sons, Dullahan, and Mine That Bird. Coming off Dullahan's Pacific Classic win against some of the top older males, I felt it was a good time to re-post this article.
Often at the major sales, the dam of a top racehorse will go through the ring and garner a high price. However, paying her hefty price tag proves to be an unprofitable endeavor when her progeny does not measure up to what is expected. A true quality broodmare does not produce one astounding racehorse, but foals multiple athletes competitive on the highest level of racing. Like great racehorses, there is a select group of super-broodmares that produce our top athletes year after year.
Mining my Own is an example of a high-class broodmare showing the potential to join the select group of matriarch greats. Though this eleven year old mare is unraced, she is having success in the breeding shed by foaling the Kentucky Derby winning Mine that Bird, and Dullahan, the third place finisher in last year’s renewal of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.
Dullahan is showing to be a viable contender on the Kentucky Derby trail by giving a solid second place effort in his comeback race last Saturday. Dullahan’s sire, Even the Score, is a brilliant cross for Mining my Own that should unquestionably be repeated. Even the Score is by Breeders’ Cup Juvenile victor, Unbridled’s Song, who is a representative of the Mr. Prospector sire line, and has In Reality and Princequillo in his heritage. Even the Score’s broodmare sire, Rahy, is by Blushing Groom, and is out of a Halo mare. Halo’s sire, Hail to Reason, has crosses of Man O’ War and Teddy in his pedigree, while close relatives to Hyperion have a significant presence. Even the Score’s second dam is by a son of Mr. Prospector’s sire, Raise a Native, and his third dam is by Speak John, whose sire is a son of Princequillo. Prince Blessed, a son of Princequillo, is the sire of Unbridled’s Song’s third dam.
Even the Score was consistent throughout his racing career, winning multiple ungraded stakes races, and placing in GII events, but was at his best as a six year old. During his six-year-old campaign, he won several GII events, and showed in the GI Hollywood Gold Cup.
From the breeding of Smart Strike and Aspenelle, by Vice Regent, Mining my Own’s pedigree has multiple similarities to Even the Score’s ancestry. Being by Smart Strike, she is also from the Mr. Prospector sire line, and being out of a Vice Regent mare, she has Northern Dancer in her bloodlines. Smart Strike’s fourth dam is by Princequillo, while her second dam is by a son of Bold Ruler. Like Even the Score, relatives of Hyperion are influential in her heritage. Man O’ War and his relatives also have an effect on Mining my Own’s pedigree, for she has crosses of War Admiral, Fair Play, and Rock Sand. Teddy appears twice in her pedigree, while his son, Bull Dog is present on one occasion. Notably, I discovered three reoccurrences of Domino.
When Dullahan went through the auction ring at Keeneland as a yearling, Mining my Own’s two foals to race were winners, one of which was Mine that Bird and the stakes placed Aspenelle was the dam of a stakes winner. Mining my Own’s second dam earned just over $100,000 on the racetrack, and is a half-sister to the stakes winning sire, Crafty.
Broodmares play an influential role on how racehorses are built, and how they perform on and off the track. However, seldom do they get recognized for their greatness in the breeding shed, as the attention is awarded to the sire of a leading horse. Stallions may garner more wealth and success due the larger volume of horses they can produce, but broodmares are just as vital to racing triumph or failure.