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Mineshaft Next for Drosselmeyer

Fair Grounds Race Course
Photo: CDI

WinStar Farm’s Drosselmeyer, hero of last spring’s Belmont Stakes June 5 but unraced since that victory, is now on schedule to come to New Orleans next week to compete in the Grade III Mineshaft Handicap Feb. 19, according to Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott.

 

Although the son of Distorted Humor has not raced since the Belmont, his last three works at South Florida’s Payson Park have all been bullet moves, most recently a five-furlong breeze in 1:00.80 over the deep surface at that training center last Sunday.

 

The Mineshaft ’Cap is Fair Grounds’ final designed major prep for the Grade II New Orleans Handicap as part of the Crescent City oval’s six-stakes race gala racing program on Louisiana Derby Day March 26.

 

Should Drosselmeyer come to the Mineshaft and win it, he would become the first Belmont Stakes winner to come to New Orleans and win a stakes race here the following winter.

 

Drosselmeyer, who finished third in last year’s Grade II Louisiana Derby, will be using the Mineshaft as a tune-up for the $10 million Group I Dubai World Cup, run on this year’s Louisiana Derby Day half a world away in the United Arab Emirates.

 

“I know that the plane bringing Drosselmeyer here is due to leave on (Feb. 16),” said Mike Kaetzel, assistant to the Hall of Fame trainer who is in charge of Mott’s Fair Grounds-based division. “He just wants to get the horse ready for Dubai. As far as I know, (Drosselmeyer) will be Bill’s only horse coming in for any of the stakes races that Saturday.”  

 

 

 

 

What the Nation is saying about Mineshaft Next for Drosselmeyer...

I don't like to sound negative. Because I really love to see all of the American horses run well when they ship to Dubai for the major G1 races on Dubai World Cup night. But speaking frankly, Drosselmeyer just simply isn't good enough to win, or even make the frame in the Dubai World Cup. To start with, all of Drosselmeyer's form is on conventional dirt. A very different monster indeed than the tapeta surface at Meydan. Secondly, his only major stakes win came over 12f in the Belmont Stakes against what is really a weak group of 3yr.old's compared to the number of multiple G1 winning older horses that Drosselmeyer will race against in Dubai. And last of all, if the DWC were raced over 12f? Drosselmeyer might have an outside shot at making the frame? But over 10f, against horses like Mendip, Musir, Allybar, Gio Ponti, Bold Silvano, Spring of Fame, and others who have thrived on the tapeta at Meydan. Drosselmeyer is likely to get out-paced badly over 10f. JMO.

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