Racehorse Nates Mineshaft pulled from race; trainer quits

Saturday, October 6, 2012 | 5:37 p.m. CDT; updated 5:44 p.m. CDT, Saturday, October 6, 2012

COLUMBIA — Racehorse Nates Mineshaft’s future is uncertain after a disagreement between owners and the trainer resulted in the horse being pulled from the Hawthorne Gold Cup race on Saturday morning.

The horse has received veterinary treatment at MU's equine clinic since last September. 

Co-owner Scott Reiman said trainer, Austin Smith, had pulled the horse from the race and quit this morning.

Austin Smith confirmed that he quit but denied to comment further. 

The news that the horse wouldn't compete was reported by horse racing website Nates Mineshaft was the third pick with 4-1 odds in the morning line. 

The website had a statement from the track's general manager, saying the disagreement was over whether or not the horse was fit enough to race the full mile and a quarter. 

Supervising editor is John Schneller.

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