Key to the Mint

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Key to the Mint
Sire Graustark
Grandsire Ribot
Dam Key Bridge
Damsire Princequillo
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1969
Country United States
Colour Bay
Breeder Paul Mellon
Owner Rokeby Stables
Trainer J. Elliott Burch
Record 29: 14-4-3
Earnings $576,015
Major wins
Remsen Stakes (1971)
Withers Stakes (1972)
Woodward Stakes (1972)
Derby Trial Stakes (1972)
Brooklyn Handicap (1972)
Whitney Stakes (1972)
Travers Stakes (1972)
Suburban Handicap (1973)
Excelsior Handicap (1973)
American Champion 3-Year-Old Colt (1972)

Key to the Mint (1969–1996) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse.


Bred by Paul Mellon and raced under his Rokeby Stable colors, Key to the Mint was trained by future Hall of Fame inductee Elliott Burch.

Racing career[edit]

Key to the Mint did not run in the Kentucky Derby, the first race of the U.S. Triple Crown series, then finished third to winner Bee Bee Bee in the Preakness Stakes and fourth to Riva Ridge in the Belmont Stakes.

Following the Triple Crown races, Key to the Mint dominated his age group in 1972 and was voted the Eclipse Award for American Champion Three-Year-Old Male Horse. He continued to race at age four, notably winning the 1973 Excelsior Handicap and equalling the track record for 9.5 furlongs in winning the Suburban Handicap.

Stud record[edit]

Retired to stud duty, Key to the Mint sired Plugged Nickle, the 1980 American Champion Sprint Horse; Java Gold, a multiple Grade 1 winner and sire of Kona Gold; and Jewel Princess, the 1996 American Champion Older Female Horse. He is also the damsire of European Champion Swain and Canadian Champion 3-Year-Old Male Horse Key to the Moon.