Mineshaft Stakes

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The Mineshaft Stakes is a Grade III American Thoroughbred horse race for four-year-olds and older run over a distance of ​1 116 miles on the dirt at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans, Louisiana in February. Originally run as a handicap, the race is now run under allowance weight conditions. In 2020, the purse was increased to $200,000.[2]

Mineshaft Stakes
Grade III race
LocationFair Grounds Race Course
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Inaugurated1973 (as Whirlaway Handicap)
Race typeThoroughbredFlat racing
Race information
Distance1 116 miles
QualificationFour-years-old & older
Weight124 lbs with allowances[1]
Purse$200,000 (2020)[2]

It is named for Hall of Fame inductee Mineshaft, who finished second in the 2003 running when the race was known as The Whirlaway Handicap.[3] It is a major prep for the New Orleans Handicap.[4] The race was given Grade III status in 2003.[5]

Winners since 1985Edit


  1. ^ "Chart of the 2020 Mineshaft Stakes". www.equibase.com. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Stakes profile". www.equibase.com. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  3. ^ "No Denying Grasshopper in Mineshaft". BloodHorse.com. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Pants on Fire, Nehro back on LA Derby Preview undercard". Brisnet. 20 February 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Graded Stakes for 2003". www.horse-races.net. Retrieved 22 May 2020.