Preakness Wagering always features an overload of action on the Kentucky Derby winner, who is traditionally the favorite on the Preakness odds.
Mine That Bird will completely flip the Preakness Wagering process, however, as he beat the Kentucky Derby odds of 51-1 to stun the horse racing world and become one of the few Kentucky Derby winners that will not be a chalk on the Preakness odds.
Mine That Bird will also be one of the great stories in Preakness Wagering as the gelding rode 21 hours in a trailer from New Mexico to the Derby only to be ignored and be given no chance to enter Preakness Wagering as the Kentucky Derby winner. Mine That Bird is trained by Bernie Woolley Jr. who was suffering from a broken leg.
Mine That Bird was the only gelding in the Kentucky Derby and came from 19th place all the way to first six and a half lengths out in front to earn the blanket of roses and become a household name for Preakness Wagering fans. Mine That Bird had a winning time of 2:02:66 on the sloppy Churchill Downs track.
Mine That Bird originally was a top Canadian horse that was purchased as a yearling for only $9,500. He ran on a synthetic surface at Woodbine in Canada and was voted Canada’s top two-year-old male horse.
Despite that, Mine That Bird was not expected to be a known name for Preakness Wagering as he was entered in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last year and finished dead last in a 12-horse field, which is not the stuff that Preakness Wagering legends are made of.
Jockey Calvin Borel will enter Preakness Wagering for the second time in three years as the Kentucky Derby winner. He mounted 2007 Derby winner Street Sense. Borel said the two wins were similar in that he hung back and then took the rail and the roses. Borel also won the Kentucky Oaks the day before to make for a perfect weekend!
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