Mine That Bird May Skip Preakness

By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2009 3:36 PM CDT
Jockey Calvin Borel smiles as he grabs the halter of Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird in the stable area at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Sunday, May 3, 2009.   (AP Photo/Garry Jones)
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(Newser) – Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird may pass over the Preakness and aim for a strong Belmont Stakes run in June instead, the AP reports. "The Preakness tends to be a little more speed-biased and I don't know that that's going to fit our horse," said trainer Bennie Woolley Jr. But co-owner Mark Allen said the horse will run if he's "doing good." A Derby winner hasn't skipped the Preakness in 13 years.