Derby winner owned by son of corruption figure

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Posted on May 3, 2009 at 9:17 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 14 at 11:35 AM

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- The winner of the Kentucky Derby is owned by the son of a key figure in the corruption trial of former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska.

The Anchorage Daily News reports that Mine That Bird was bought by Mark Allen and a partner for $400,000. The newspaper says the money came from the sale of the now-defunct oil field services business VECO Corp., founded by Allen's father, Bill Allen.

Mark Allen's Double Eagle Ranch of Roswell, N.M., also keeps So Long Birdie, a horse once partly owned by Stevens.

Bill Allen pleaded guilty in 2007 to bribing Alaska politicians, but in a plea deal, won immunity for Mark Allen and other family members. Bill Allen has not been sentenced.

In the Stevens trial last year, the elder Allen testified Mark had paid off an unidentified legislator.

Stevens was convicted last year on charges he failed to disclose gifts and renovations at his Alaska home from Bill Allen, but a federal judge voided the conviction in April, citing prosecutorial misconduct for withholding evidence from both the defense and the judge.

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Information from: Anchorage Daily News, http://www.adn.com

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