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Mine That Bird arrives at Ruidoso Downs

September 2, 2009     E-mail this page to a friend!

Trainer Chip Woolley looks on as groom Omar Arreola leads Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird to Woolley’s barn at Ruidoso Downs
(photo by Ty Wyant)
Mark Allen and Dr. Leonard Blach’s Mine That Bird arrived at Ruidoso Downs early Wednesday afternoon.

At Ruidoso Downs he will lead the post parade for the Grade 1, $1,900,000 All American Futurity on Monday afternoon, closing day of the Ruidoso Downs summer season.

Mine That Bird had a van ride from Saratoga Springs, New York to Newark New Jersey and then a four-and-a-half-hour flight from Newark to El Paso, Texas on Tuesday. The gelding spent the night at a training facility near Sunland Park and was vanned to Ruidoso Downs on Wednesday.

“Everything went really well. It was smooth. The entire [flight] crew was very professional,” said trainer Chip Woolley. “I like the idea of training at altitude. He’ll be galloping every day.” Ruidoso Downs is at a 6,900-foot altitude.

Mine That Bird started his 2009 campaign in New Mexico at Sunland Park with a close second in the $100,000 Borderland Derby and a fourth-place finish in the $900,000 Sunland Park Derby.

The gelding then stunned horseracing with 50-to-1 upset win in the Kentucky Derby after being nearly 20 lengths behind the leaders early in the one-and-a-quarter mile classic. He followed with a second behind super-filly Rachel Alexandra in the Grade 1 Preakness and a third-place finish in the Belmont Stakes. In the one-and-one-half-mile Belmont Stakes he was three lengths behind winner Summer Bird, who won Grade 1, $1,000,000 Travers Stakes last Saturday.

In his most recent out, Mine That Bird finished third in the Grade 2 West Virginia Derby on August 1.

After his New Mexico stay, Mine That Bird will ship to Southern California to prepare for the $5 million Breeders Cup Classic on November 7 during the Oak Tree meeting at Santa Anita Park.