(WHAS11) Derby winner Mine That Bird had his final workout this morning at Churchill Downs before leaving for the Belmont stakes this week.
Trainer Chip Wooley said "the bird" just seems comfortable in Louisvile, and that's why he decided to train here, to keep his horse happy.
Jockey Calvin Borel said this is the horse that's going to win the Belmont. He called the final work perfect, with Mine That Bird galloping out strongly.
"I love the way he went. He went :50, galloped out 1:02:50, just like before the Derby; did everything the same, exactly. Is he getting better? He's getting better. It's kinda hard to say, but I think he is.
Wooley said the bird and Borel go together like bread and butter.
And the man, who's gone from unknown trainer to adopted louisvillian in six weeks, says the time. "He came back from Pimlico a little bit rattled, you know. But he's settled back in here and he's doing good. I was thinking last week, he's probably training even better than he did going into the derby."< /p>
To even the casual observer, mine That Bird seemed to come off the track just dancing this morning. So can he bounce into the media glare of New York City, and give Calvin Borel a triple crown on two different horses?
It has never been done before and it will get Borel off the horse, on a chair next to David Letterman.
And as for race strategy, Mine That Bird, might be closer to the pace, if the pace is slower. But Borel and Bird will just take what their given on race day.
A-mile-and-a-half ought to suit the bird and his come from behind jockey, but the Belmont stakes has been known to break more than a few hearts, who came looking for a triple crown.
Mine That Bird is expected to leave for New York by mid-week.