Chester and Mary Broman’s multiple stakes winner, Mineralogist,
is set to make her first start in more than a year in the $65,000 Broadway for
New York-bred fillies and mares at Aqueduct Racetrack on Gotham Day, Saturday,
Now 4, the Seeking the Ante filly
has not run since taking the Maid of the Mist on New York Showcase Day at
Belmont Park in October, 2009. Prior to that, Mineralogist won the Joseph A.
Gimma at Belmont and finished second in the Lucy
Scribner at Saratoga Race Course, having broken her maiden on July 22 at Belmont.
“What’s been going on with her?
What hasn’t been going on with her,” asked trainer John Kimmel from Palm
Meadows in Florida.
“After the Maid of the Mist, she had surgery on a knee, which was followed by a
puncture wound on the same knee, which led to an infection in a lower joint and
a long course of antibiotics.”
Mineralogist finally returned to
training in late October at Niall Brennan Stables in Ocala, Florida,
and has been working steadily at Palm Meadows for Kimmel since December. The
trainer said the filly would have one final work on Sunday before being shipped
north on Tuesday for the six-furlong Broadway.
“With a filly like her, the
options were a two-other-than down here, or a state-bred stakes in New York,” said Kimmel.
“She’s been working well; the other morning she outworked a filly [Trufast] who
broker her maiden and did it handily.”
Kimmel added that the Bromans’
2010 Empire Classic winner Friend Or Foe, who closed out his 3-year-old
campaign by finishing fifth in the Grade 1 Hill ‘n’ Dale Cigar Mile, will have
his first breeze of the year sometime next week at Palm Meadows.
“We’re hoping for a good year from
him,” said Kimmel.