Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Mintano - The Racing Days

When I got Melody, she was off the track for almost 8 months, her last race being January 3rd, 2003.

Her racing career was nothing to write home about, in 13 starts she never broke her maiden. The best result she managed was 3rd.

Her racing name was Mintano, a grey/roan filly by Rubiano out of Mintullah by the Minstrel. She had a pretty pedigree, the starts just didn't align for her.

Her dam, Mintullah was a two time winner who placed in the Foxy J. G. Stakes at Philadelphia Park in 1987. She was retired to be a broodmare in 1988. She had a total of 13 foals. I'm not sure if she is still alive, as of this year she would be 27 years old. There is no death report filed on her but that isn't always an exact science though. Of her 13 foals she had one superstar in Nature Healer who would be a million dollar earner over in Japan. An interesting fact also is that her first foal Plymouth Gentleman was turned over to steeplechasing after a flat race career that included three wins.

Melody debuted April 13th, 2002 in a $12,500 Maiden Claimer at Philadelphia Park. She finished 7th of 9 with the comment of 'outrun and failed to threaten. In her next start, this time for $7,500 she finished 4th/7 with the comment of 'failed to menace'. In this start she was claimed by JON Stable who seriously bumped her up in class putting her in a Maiden Special next out. She was once again 'no threat' and the trend continued. They tried her on the turf to no avail. She did manage a few fourth place finishes and was once third. After trying her once as a four-year-old she was retired to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation and you know the result of that.

Melody and I after about a week together.

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