Canadian champion and surprise Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird is on his way to the second jewel of the Triple Crown.
Trainer Chip Woolley said this morning that the 50-1 longshot winner of Saturday's Derby will move on to Baltimore, Md. for the Preakness Stakes on May 16.
"It is good for the sport," Woolley said. "You cannot have a Triple Crown winner without having the Derby winner in the Preakness. That played into our decision but the horse looks super. I have never been to Baltimore, but it looks like I won't be able to say that in a few days."
With owners Mark Allen of Double Eagle Ranch and Dr. Leonard Blach of Bueno Suerte Equine on hand, Mine That Bird went to the Churchill Downs track at 6:40 this morning and jogged a mile on a sloppy surface with exercise rider Charlie Figueroa up.
"He was just bucking and playing out there," Figueroa said. "The outriders were surprised to see that yellow (Derby) saddle towel come jogging by."
Woolley said he will ship the gelding to Baltimore's Pimlico Racecourse next Monday or Tuesday.
Mine That Bird won a Sovereign Award as Canada's top two-year-old in 2008 when he was based at Woodbine for then trainer/owner, David Cotey.
Woolley had said Sunday he wanted to see how Mine That Bird came out of the race before committing to the Preakness and a possible run toward the Triple Crown.