Mine That Bird breezes at Churchill

Updated: July 9, 2009, 11:36 PM ET
By Marty McGee | Daily Racing Form



LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Mine That Bird was sent through his second workout since his last race, the June 6 Belmont Stakes, when he breezed a half-mile in 49.40 seconds Tuesday morning over a fast track at Churchill Downs.

Going shortly after the renovation break, and with Jamie Theriot aboard, Mine That Bird went in splits of 13.20 seconds, 25.60, and 38 before galloping out five furlongs into the clubhouse turn in 1:01.80.

Because the track was still wet Monday morning following heavy weekend rains, trainer Chip Woolley had delayed the scheduled breeze by one day.

"The horse looked perfect," Woolley told Churchill officials after the Tuesday work. "Jamie did a good job on him. He started off a little slow and picked it up all the way."

Mine That Bird, owned by Mark Allen and Dr. Leonard Blach, is scheduled to make his next start in the Aug. 1 West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Park in Chester, W.Va. Woolley said he will breeze the gelding on the next two Mondays at Churchill, and then they may leave in time to get in one workout at Mountaineer prior to the $750,000 West Virginia Derby. "Or we might just stay here and go into the race from here," Woolley said.

Mine That Bird worked a half-mile in 51 seconds on June 29.

Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith will have the mount on Mine That Bird in the West Virginia Derby and in his next scheduled start, the $1 million Shadwell Travers on Aug. 29 at Saratoga. Beyond that, the gelding's connections have said they may have to revisit the jockey situation again in regard to the end-of-year goal, the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 7. Allen and Woolley said Calvin Borel is a possibility to get the mount back for the BC Classic.

Mine That Bird won the May 2 Kentucky Derby before running second in the May 16 Preakness and third in the Belmont. Borel rode him in the Derby and Belmont.