Nates Mineshaft, a three-time stakes winner who was third in the
Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs in June, has joined
trainer Richard Mandella’s California stable and is a candidate for the
Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita on Nov. 3.
Nates Mineshaft, 5, has not started since the Stephen Foster and is
not a definite for the BC Dirt Mile, Mandella said. Nates Mineshaft
arrived in Southern California earlier this month and worked six
furlongs at Santa Anita in 1:12.40 on Oct. 11.
“We just got him,” Mandella said. “He’s a thought for the BC Dirt
Mile. I breezed him, and he breezed good. We’ve getting to know him a