Mine That Bird's trainer, jockey reflect on Derby, look forward to Preakness



Posted on May 5, 2009 at 7:29 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 15 at 3:43 PM

(WHAS11) - It's now officially onto the Preakness for Derby winner Mine That Bird.

His trainer says it is right for the horse and right for the sport of horseracing.

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The trainer and the jockey have now had two days to reflect on the Derby and the profound effect it's had on their lives.Tuesday morning, Calvin Borel and Bennie Wooley Jr. were looking back and forward as Mine That Bird jogged on the Churchill dirt that made him part of horseracing history.

With the yellow Derby saddle cloth still on board, Mine That Bird was stretching his legs three days after they carried him to victory.

The Bird and his connections obviously like it here.

They're in no hurry to leave town.

Now they feel a responsibility to continue on the quest for the Triple Crown.

"You're elected to be an ambassador for the sport as soon as you win the Derby. So, you know, it was something we should do as long as the horse is 100%," says trainer Bennie Wooley, Jr.

Mine That Bird will likely follow the same strategy that the trainer preached to Calvin Borel before he ran in the Derby.

"That's the only thing he begged me for two weeks. You know, Calvin, take him back to last, take him back and just make me a quarter-mile or three-eighths-mile run. He said, 'I promise you he can run,'" recalls jockey Calvin Borel.

And run he did, even though the trainer thought he was too far back as he passed the clubhouse turn.

But Calvin says he just let the horse lope for of a mile and never gave up.

"They don't put me up there to ride and just sit on them. And you know, I rode the horse to win, no matter if he was 50-1. I rode him to win and we got the job done," says Borel.

Mine That Bird will continue to train at Churchill Downs and then ship to Baltimore about four days before the Preakness.

Calvin Borel says he's sure the horse will run good at Pamlico and he guarantees the horse will not go off this time at 50-to1.