Soul Warrior pulls off upset at West Virginia Derby

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Posted on April 14, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Updated Thursday, Apr 14 at 2:13 PM

CHESTER, W.Va. (AP) -- Soul Warrior has pulled a huge upset over Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird in winning the West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort.

Dismissed at odds of 23-1, Soul Warrior pulled ahead of Big Drama in the final strides and won in a photo finish Saturday.

Mine That Bird made a bid for victory in the stretch with his patented finishing kick but wound up third in his first race since a third-place finish in the Belmont Stakes on June 6.

Soul Warrior is trained by Steve Asmussen, who will send out Preakness-winning filly Rachel Alexandra in Sunday's Haskell Invitational.

Mine That Bird was ridden by Mike Smith, who was aboard the gelding when he finished second in the Preakness.

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