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Mine Over Matter Shows New Dimension

Mine Over Matter Shows New Dimension
Photo: West Point Thoroughbreds

When Mike Hushion first got Mine Over Matter late last year, the son of Mineshaft had spent much of 2011 competing in races 1 1/16 miles or longer. Shortened up by Hushion, the 5-year-old showed a new dimension as a come-from-behind sprinter, and on Saturday, Mine Over Matter notched his second stakes win of the year when he rallied from mid-pack to win the six-furlong Hudson.


“The first couple of races I had him, as a come-from-behind sprinter, he showed that might be just what he could do,” said Hushion of Chester and Mary Broman’s homebred, who earned a career-best 97 Beyer Speed Figure for the victory. “His only bad race was when the rider decided to send him. Now, I see no reason to change him.”


With that in mind, the trainer said that Mine Over Matter, now 2-1-2 from seven starts this year, will continue to do what he’s been doing when racing moves to Aqueduct Racetrack next month.


“He’ll run in the New York-bred races,” he said. “Hopefully, Saginaw will be somewhere else.”


Sunday morning, Hushion sent out Grade 1 Vosburgh winner The Lumber Guy for his second of three scheduled works for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint on November 3 at Santa Anita. The 3-year-old New York-bred son of Grand Slam breezed four furlongs in 48.50 seconds, the 19th-fastest of 106 works at the distance on Belmont’s training track.


“Since he ran so hard last time, these three works are just maintenance works,” said Hushion of Barry K. Schwartz’s homebred, who will be flown to California next Monday. “We’re not really trying to get anything accomplished except to keep him from going backwards. We worked pretty heavy – heavy for me anyway – going into the last race.


“He doesn’t need any 59s or 58s to get out there,” he added. “We know he’s capable, he doesn’t have to prove anything. Just keep him happy and keep him in his hayrack and feed tub.”


The Lumber Guy will be the third Breeders’ Cup starter for Hushion, who saddled Noteasybeingreen to finish 10th in the 1998 Juvenile and Nothing But Fun to finish seventh in the 2005 Distaff.


“There are so many nerves involved, I don’t think you ever get a chance to sit back and enjoy it,” he confessed.




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