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Breeding racehorses can appear deceptively simple at times. Either it works, or it doesn’t. Simple, sort of.

Many a mare gets nice foals, but they are all “woulda, coulda, shoulda” types who have talent, promise, and phhht! Nothing quite comes to fruition.

On the other hand, Mining My Own (an unraced mare by Smart Strike out of Aspenelle) makes getting G1 winners look easy. First the dam of Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird (by Birdstone), the mare has produced $100k winner Brother Bird (Yonaguska) as her second, and Dullahan, last weekend’s winner of the G1 Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland, for her third.

Not bad.

The mare has a yearling filly by Tapit that has to be one of the more desirable young prospects out there.

The produce record follows:

1st Dam: Mining My Own, ch, 2001. Bred by Lamantia, Blackburn & Needham/BetzThoroughbreds (KY). Unraced in NA, Eng and Fr.

2006: MINE THAT BIRD, b g, by Birdstone. Raced 3 yrs in NA, 18 sts, 5 wins, $2,228,637. Won Kentucky Derby (g1), Grey Breeders’ Cup S. (g3), Swynford S., Silver Deputy S.; 2nd Preakness S. (g1), Borderland Derby; 3rd Belmont S. (g1), West Virginia Derby (g2).
2007: Brother Bird, dk b/ g, by Yonaguska. Raced 3 yrs in NA, 10 sts, 2 wins, $109,000.
2008: Barren.
2009: DULLAHAN.
At 2: Won Breeders’ Futurity (g1); 3rd With Anticipation S. (g2).
2010: Unnamed foal, ch f, by Tapit.

Broodmare sire: SMART STRIKE, b, 1992. Sire of 134 dams of 343 foals, 234 rnrs (68%), 174 wnrs (51%), 52 2yo wnrs (15%), 21 sw (6%).

2nd Dam: Aspenelle, ch, 1990. Bred by Whitco Farm (ON). Raced 1 yr in NA, 4 sts, 2 wins, $68,425 (ssi = 13.25). 2nd Canadian Oaks (R). Dam of GOLDEN SUNRAY (f, Crafty Prospector, $87,720. Won Poinciana Breeders’ Cup Handicap.).

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