Archive for June 2nd, 2009

posted by Kalina on Jun 2

Calvin Borel was optimistic after working Mine That Bird a half mile in :50 on the morning of June 1st at Churchill Downs.

“Perfect,” says Borel, who won the Kentucky Derby on Mine That Bird, a son of the upset Belmont winner of  the 2004 Belmont Stakes. “He’s ready. We’re going to win. No questions asked.He’s ready. We’re going to win. No questions asked.”

Borel’s boast was similar to the one he made before the BlackBerry Preakness when he won on Rachel Alexandra. Mine That Bird had come in 2nd then, with jockey Mike Smith in the saddle. Borel was freed up to ride Mine The Bird in the Belmont after Rachel Alexandra’s owners, Jess Jackson and Harold McCormick had announced on May 29th that she would not be running in it. Her next start has not been announced, but she galloped five furlongs in 1:01 3/5 on June 1st. Read the rest of this entry »

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