Monday, June 28, 2010

A Double Dose Of Derby Winners

2009 Kentucky Derby winner, Mine That Bird, has not won a race since the garland of roses was draped over him on the First Saturday In May of 2009. While he has had some good efforts and some lackluster efforts since, the fact remains he has not returned to the Winner's Circle since that monumental 50-1 upset for the ages. That circumstance might be about to change this weekend, though. Mine That Bird worked a bullet five furlongs this morning at Churchill Downs, covering the distance in 59 2/5 seconds. His new trainer, Hall Of Famer D. Wayne Lukas, might have several possibilities for running the Derby winner this weekend. Lukas is pondering running Mine That Bird in either an allowance race on Saturday or maybe even the Grade 2 Firecracker Handicap on Sunday. Lukas is also believed to be considering the Grade 3 Salvatore Mile at Monmouth Park on Saturday.

Speaking of Monmouth Park, let us not forget this year's Derby champion, Super Saver. His trainer, Todd Pletcher, has confirmed that the Derby winner will make his next start in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational on Sunday, August 1. Super Saver also blitzed a nice five furlongs in 1:01 4/5 on Sunday morning at Belmont Park. Following his Derby score, Super Saver disappointed at the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, finishing eighth.

Tune in again tomorrow for more from They Are Off. For right now, I am Gone... GOODBYE!

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