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Mine that Bird arrives for Belmont Stakes

ELMONT, N.Y. – After a smooth and uneventful flight from Louisville, Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird arrived at Belmont Park just before 4 p.m. for his engagement in Saturday’s 141st running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes.

Trainer Chip Woolley and a throng of photographers and reporters were on hand to greet the little gelding, who is the solid favorite over nine other 3-year-olds in the 1 ˝-mile “Test of the Champion.”

On crutches, Woolley hobbled up the ramp to the horse van that brought Mine That Bird from John F. Kennedy International Airport, and after ascertaining all was well, told him, “Welcome to New York.” With cameras following his every move, Mine That Bird then was brought to graze outside his barn.

“This is a lot different than when I arrived at Churchill Downs,” said Woolley with a smile. “Nobody even came to see me for the first week.”

Woolley said Mine That Bird would go out for his first trip around Belmont Park’s 1˝-mile oval at 7 a.m. Thursday. Immediately afterwards, Woolley, jockey Calvin Borel and owners Mark Allen and Dr. Leonard Blach will depart the track to travel to New York to ring the Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange.


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