Monday, June 1, 2009

More Belmont Stakes and more Mine That Bird

It seems as if all the connections of Mine That Bird are very confident entering Saturday's mile and a half Belmont Stakes, the final part of the Triple Crown of horse racing.

And well they should be. The horse seems fresh and he's improved a great deal in winning the Kentucky Derby and finishing a game second in the Preakness.

Mine That Bird has simply gotten better in the past five weeks and trainer Chip Woolley deserves a great deal of credit for that improvement. Woolley has worked hard to train the horse and get him ready for the long haul of a Triple Crown series.

Mine That Bird has matured so much since he ran at Sunland Park racetrack and Casino. Did anyone expect the gelding to do what he's done? No, but his team felt like there was room for improvement.

In addition, Mine That Bird gets jockey Calvin Borel back aboard. Borel gave Mine That Bird a great ride in the Kentucky Derby, rallying from several lengths back along the rail to pass the field and win by more than six lengths. Borel rode the great filly Rachel Alexandra in the Preakness and edged Mine That Bird, which was coming on.

Mine That Bird's connections were planning on running the horse in the Belmont even before the chance to ride in the Kentucky Derby came up. They felt the horse's abilities were suited for the Belmont and now there is the chance to win two-thirds of the Triple Crown.


Borel expressed a great deal of confidence on Monday and feels his