Windy Hill Farm’s Nates Mineshaft,
away alertly and quickly in command, made the pace in Thursday’s
$51,000 allowance optional $40,000 claiming feature at Fair Grounds and
tallied by a comfortable
2 3/4-length margin at the wire.
Austin Smith and ridden by Jesse Campbell,
the 5-year-old Mineshaft ridgling toured the mile and 70 yard distance
in 1:41.94 after establishing early fractions of 23.81
and 48.13. He returned mutuels of $7.20, $3 and $2.80 and increased his
career earnings to $105,324 with his fourth win in 11 lifetime starts.
Infrattini rallied late to
gain the place as the choice of the fans, paying $2.60 and $2.40 while
finishing 4 1/4-lengths in front of Bob Gary Racing’s
Prospect Knight, who returned $5.40 to show.
Racing resumes Friday at Fair Grounds for the second of six
Starlight Racing programs this season and features a special
5 p.m. first post time for the nine-race card.