Preakness odds players will no longer ignore this horse, who was an afterthought prior to Preakness gambling action. Mine That Bird will get Preakness odds that are far better than the 50/1 he had at the Kentucky Derby. That being said Mine That Bird is unlikely to be a favorite on the Preakness gambling board.
The horse has simply been far too inconsistent leading up to action against the Preakness odds. Mine That Bird is owned by Double Eagle Ranch and Buena Suerte Equine and trained by Bennie “Chip” Woolley Jr. Mine That Bird entered the Derby having never won a race on dirt.
Mine That Bird enters action against the Preakness odds having come off a classic rail ride by jockey Calvin Borel, who saw the opening on the rail and shot right in to take it before the horse took off on a flight to the finish and the blanket of roses as Derby champion.
Mine That Bird enters the Preakness odds as no longer an anonymous horse but as the “cover boy” of Sports Illustrated! One of the best features of the win by Mine That Bird in the Kentucky Derby is that he came from all the way back at dead last, (19th), to take the race going away by six and three-quarters lengths.
Such an effort in an elite race is a great resume builder for the Preakness odds. Prior to the Kentucky Derby, Mine That Bird had finished 4th in the Sunland Derby at Sunland Park on March 29. On February 28 Mine That Bird finished 2nd in the Borderland Derby at Sunland Park.
On October 25 at Santa Anita, Mine That Bird finished 12th, which is not a record that establishes much confidence against the Preakness odds. But after the “Run for the Roses” that he had at Churchill Downs, Mine That Bird will be one of the leading contenders against the Preakness odds.
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