Mine That Bird
2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird (foaled May 10, 2006 in Kentucky) was an improbable winner of the toughest horse race in America. Sent off at 50-1, the diminutive gelding was last down the backside, made a phenomenal move to win the race by the largest winning margin since Assault in 1946. His win was considered a fluke by many, horsemen included. His second place finish in the Preakness Stakes, behind Rachel Alexandra, convinced everybody that Mine That Bird is for real.
Mine That Bird was a $9,500 Fasig Tipton Sales purchase. He received his early education at Pine Valley Training Center with Paul and Gemini Caine. He bacame Canadian champion 2yo in 2008 for trainer David Cotey and jockey Chantal Sutherland (Note: Constant Montpellier rode Mine That Bird in his first two starts). After a successful Canadian campaign, he was sold for $400,000 and ran last in the 2008 Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Turned over to trainer Bennie "Chip" Woolley, he was defeated in both his 2009 starts in New Mexico. Mine That Bird then reemerged under Calvin Borel in the Kentucky Derby. He then finished second in the Preakness Stakes with jockey Mike Smith. In an unprecedented move, Calvin Borel had elected to forgo the ride on the Derby winner in the Preakness in order to ride Rachel Alexandra. Calvin Borel was reunited with Mine That Bird for the Belmont. They finished third.
Mine That Bird's next start was the West Virginia Derby on August 1. Calvin Borel was replaced as he was unable to commit to Mine That Bird for the longer term. Mike Smith was back on board. Mine That Bird finished third behind Soul Warrior and Big Drama. Mike Smith accepted the blame for a poor ride.
Mine That Bird did not start in the Travers Stakes, as planned, as he was recovering from throat surgery. An entrapped epiglottis was discovered during an endoscopic exam after a workout ahead of the Travers. He returned to New Mexico to lead a parade on Labor Day: Mine That Bird stabled at Ruidoso Downs His next two scheduled starts are the Goodwood and Breeders' Cup Classic, Borel will be back on board: Borel to reunite with Mine That Bird
Pedigree and Racing Information
Trainer: Bennie L. Woolley, Jr.
Jockey: Mike E. Smith
Owner: Double Eagle Ranch and Buena Suerte Equine
Strengths: Shown the ability to stretch out in distance by winning 4 straight races in Canada as each distance increased. Extremely tactical and patient, he can sit a close-up second in :45 or :49, a wonderful and rare quality for a 2-year-old.
Weaknesses: Regionally tops at Woodbine. Average margin of victory in just over a length, so he has not put away the competition in short fields historically. Shocked the field at odds of 50-1 by winning the 135th Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 2, 2009.
|08/01/2009||West Virginia Derby (Mountaineer Park)||3rd|
|06/06/2009||Belmont Stakes (Belmont)||3rd|
|05/16/2009||Preakness Stakes (Pimlico)||2nd|
|05/02/2009||Kentucky Derby (Churchill Downs)||1st|
|03/29/2009||Sunland Derby (Sunland Park)||4th|
|02/28/2009||Borderland Derby (Sunland Park)||2nd|
|10/25/2008||Breeders' Cup Juvenile (Santa Anita)||12th|
|10/05/2008||Grey S. (G3 Woodbine)||1st|
|09/14/2008||Swynford S. (Woodbine)||1st|
|08/23/2008||Silver Deputy S. (Woodbine)||1st|
|08/04/2008||Maiden Claiming (Woodbine)||1st|
|07/20/2008||Maiden Special Weight (Woodbine)||5th|
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08/01/2009 2009 West Virginia Derby - Soul Warrior
06/06/2009 BELMONT STAKES 2009 - Summer Bird
05/16/2009 134th Preakness Stakes (2009)
10/25/2008 2008 Breeders' Cup Juvenile
10/05/2008 Mine That Bird - Grey S. (Woodbine)
09/14/2008 Mine That Bird - Swynford S. (Woodbine)
08/23/2008 Mine That Bird - Silver Deputy S. (Woodbine)
08/04/2008 Mine That Bird - Maiden Claiming (Woodbine)