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Mine That Bird 2nd in Preakness; Belmont next


Sunday, May 17, 2009 |
Mine That Bird, a 3-year-old from Gainesway stallion Birdstone’s first crop, validated his historic win in the May 2nd Kentucky Derby (G1) with a fast-closing second in the May 16th Preakness S. (G1) at Pimlico, falling just a length short of Rachel Alexandra at the wire of the 1 3/16-mile Classic.

With new rider Mike Smith up, Mine That Bird rallied strongly on the outside in the stretch to threaten the winner inside the sixteenth pole, only to fall just short after incurring a little traffic breaking through the pack. He outfinished Musket Man for the runner-up spot and earned a lifetime high Beyer Speed Figure of 106 for the performance.

“I'm thrilled to death with the race my little horse ran,” said Chip Woolley, trainer of Mine That Bird. “I thought we had a chance at the eighth-pole. The Belmont (Stakes-G1) is next for us.”

Mine That Bird, the Canadian Champion Juvenile of 2008, now has a record of five wins and a pair of runner-ups from 10 starts. He moved his earnings to $2,011,581 for owners Double Eagle Ranch and Buena Suerte Equine. Mine That Bird was bred in Kentucky by Lamantia, Blackburn & Needham/Betz Thoroughbreds from the Smart Strike mare Mining My Own.