Mine That Bird To Compete in Preakness Stakes; Interview with Jockey Calvin Borel



Posted on April 14, 2011 at 11:51 AM

(WHAS11) - Mine That Bird is going for the second jewel in the triple crown of racing.

His trainer says he will remain at Churchill Downs one more week and then head to Pimlico for the Preakness Stakes May 16th.

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The Kentucky Derby winner jogged the track at Churchill Downs Monday morning and trainer Bennie "Chip" Woolley says he looked " super." He says unless something changes between now and then, Mine That Bird will run in the Preakness.

Meanwhile, he says he's still in shock over his long shot horse, with 50-1 odds, coming from behind to take the coveted garland of roses Saturday.

"It was an unbelievable feat he pulled off. And he did it on heart," says Woolley. "He's great to train. He does everything you ask of him every time. It's just a super feeling to be the lucky guy that's got him."

The lucky guy riding him was Calvin Borel.

Most would argue his isn't luck, it's skill.

He's now a two-time Derby winner after taking home the trophy with Street Sense.

He rode the winning horse in the Kentucky Oaks on Friday, but she was a favorite.

Mine That Bird was not.

"Really and truly, I let him lope the first mile. Then I started picking him up," says jockey Calvin Borel. "I pulled down and said, 'Jesus Christ! We might just get there from here!' I hadn't even moved on him yet and he was just picking them up real easy."

"I rode the horse to win," says Borel. "No matter if he was 50-1. I rode the horse to win and we got the job done."< /p>

He still may not be a sure bet in the Preakness, but one thing that is a sure bet for Pimlico, says Borel: "I'll tell you one thing, he won't be 50-1!"