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Mining My Own, bred in Kentucky by Lamantia, Blackburn & Needham/Betz Thoroughbreds, was foaled on February 9, 2001. The chestnut Smart Strike mare is out of the grand producer Aspenelle, a daughter of Vice Regent. As a producer of exceptionally appealing commercial yearlings, Aspenelle has been a marvel, with about $2 million in sales yearlings from 12 foals of age.

Among those good sales, however, the dam of Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird does not figure. She was bought back as a Keeneland September yearling in 2002 for $25,000.

Even allowing that Smart Strike was a mite cold that year, the sales price was poor ($5,000 under the stallion’s median yearling figure in 2002). But the owners took the filly home, prepared her for training, and sent her to the track.

Off the bare record, they got nothing for their time and money. Mining My Own never started and earned nary a cent.

But she did stand training, and over the course of 13 months, Mining My Own had 17 published workouts, which appear below:

Track Date Distance Course TrkCnd Time Effort Gate Rank/Num in Rank

FG 01/26/05 3F Dirt Fast :38.60 Breezing G 12/14

FG 01/21/05 6F Dirt Fast 01:15.00 Breezing 1/1

FG 01/15/05 5F Dirt Fast 01:02.00 Breezing 13/50

FG 01/09/05 5F Dirt Fast 01:03.00 Breezing 26/45

FG 01/03/05 5F Dirt Fast 01:02.40 Breezing 9/36

FG 12/28/04 4F Dirt Fast :52.00 Breezing 50/61

FG 12/22/04 4F Dirt Good :49.60 Breezing 7/41

FG 12/15/04 3F Dirt Fast :37.80 Breezing 5/9

PMM 03/30/04 4F Dirt Fast :48.00 Breezing 4/18

PMM 03/23/04 4F Dirt Fast :47.80 Handily G 3/25

PMM 03/13/04 6F Dirt Fast 01:13.60 Handily 5/8

PMM 03/05/04 5F Dirt Fast 01:02.40 Breezing 10/19

PMM 02/15/04 4F Dirt Fast :48.40 Breezing 8/43

PMM 02/09/04 4F Dirt Fast :51.00 Breezing 34/42

PMM 02/02/04 3F Dirt Fast :36.00 Breezing 1/6

PMM 01/25/04 4F Dirt Fast :49.40 Breezing 23/58

PMM 01/18/04 3F Dirt Fast :37.60 Breezing 19/26

A mare with some athletic prowess, if not the toughness to quite make it to the races, Mining My Own was an above-average prospect for breeding, just off her bloodlines and the facts associated with her training regimen.

When put to stud, she bred two foals for the partnership of Lamantia, Blackburn & Needham/Betz Thoroughbreds before they liquidated her at the 2008 Keeneland January sale. There, Phil Needham bought out his partners and took the mare home for $8,000.

A heck of a buy for a mare who is now 8 and produced a Kentucky Derby winner as her first foal.

If you’re feeling disgusted for not anteing up and buying a nice young mare by Smart Strike, you aren’t the only one. Several hundred buyers were at the Keeneland January sale that day, and none of them bought her. So don’t kick yourself. I was there too.