Mine That Bird rips bullet five-eighths
Since his 6 3/4-length romp in the Run for the Roses at odds of 50-1, Mine That Bird has finished second in the Preakness S. (G1) to Rachel Alexandra (Medaglia d'Oro), third in the Belmont S. (G1) to Breeders' Cup Classic rival Summer Bird (Birdstone), and third in the West Virginia Derby (G2) to Soul Warrior (Lion Heart). Mine That Bird subsequently had surgery to repair an entrapped epiglottis, and in its aftermath, wound up missing the Travers S. (G1).
Last year's champion juvenile male in Canada, Mine That Bird boasts $2,196,581 in earnings from his 13-5-2-2 line.
Two other Breeders' Cup-bound horses posted the day's next-best time of :58 2/5 at Santa Anita, Classic candidate REGAL RANSOM (Distorted Humor) and Ladies' Classic (G1)/Turf Sprint contender LETHAL HEAT (Unusual Heat).
Grade/Group 2 hero Regal Ransom, a front-running winner of the Super Derby (G2) last out, traveled so well that he was given the "breezing" designation for his five-furlong exercise.
The Super Derby was Regal Ransom's first start since the Kentucky Derby, where he was eighth to Mine That Bird. The Godolphin colt had landed the U.A.E. Derby (UAE-G2) in March.
Grade 2 queen Lethal Heat, runner-up to the unbeaten champion Zenyatta (Street Cry [Ire]) in the Lady's Secret S. (G1), also drilled her five-eighths in a sparkling :58 2/5.
Trainer Barry Abrams is considering an unprecedented Breeders' Cup doubleheader for Lethal Heat. After her tilt at the November 6 Ladies' Classic, the versatile filly could take on males in the Turf Sprint the following day.
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