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A week ago, I had the opportunity for a close inspection of Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, perhaps the most popular horse in America today.

Details of my thoughts about the classic winner were included in a post by Sid Fernando at his blog (click to read).

A really nifty young athlete, Mine That Bird is giving racing a boost of enthusiasm as people see a relatively cheap yearling rising to giddy heights of success and as people respond to the down-to-earth interests and comments  of the gelding’s owners, Leonard P. Blach and Mark Allen of Roswell, NM.

Trainer Chip Woolley was full of praise for the handling and development of Mine That Bird before the Kentucky Derby winner came to his barn after the Breeders’ Cup last year. Woolley said, “He was already a really nice horse. About the only change we made was letting him take more time early in his races, get into stride, and then make a run.”

As he proved in his three classic starts, Mine That Bird has an unusual kick for a classic horse and is going to be a competitor at his best distances, hopefully for many years to come.