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Slew of contenders ready to test Mine That Bird in Preakness

Critics might not yet know what to make of Mine That Bird’s Kentucky Derby triumph, but a slew of contenders are ready to find out whether the gelded son of Birdstone is for real.

Rachel Alexandra could be Preakness threat

By Alicia Wincze
Trainer Hal Wiggins knew the moment was coming, but that didn’t make the reality of the situation any easier to digest.
Less than 12 hours after it was announced wine mogul Jess Jackson had purchased Kentucky Oaks winner Rachel Alexandra, the daughter of Medaglia d’Oro was officially transferred from Wiggins to the barn of [...]

John Clay’s post-Derby notes

For those lucky few who cashed that $103.20 win ticket thanks to a $2 bet on Mine That Bird, you have a 2001 decision to thank. That was the year Churchill Downs eliminated mutuel field wagering.

A look back: The best of Derby Week

So many story lines and nuggets emerged before and after this year’s Kentucky Derby that — even if our country’s newspapers weren’t shrinking — it was difficult to fit everything. With that in mind, we decided to put together a “Best of … ” for the 135th Run for the Roses.

I Want Revenge has ’significant’ injury, career in doubt

Wood Memorial winner I Want Revenge, who was scratched from the Kentucky Derby the morning of the race with an injury to his left front ankle, has what was termed “a significant injury” that could end his career, according to attending veterinarian Dr. Foster Northrop.

Rail-hugging rides are Borel’s signature

Fast-break points — all Calvin Borel — from along the Derby rail: 21. Joe Hirsch, the late Daily Racing Form sage, used to say in praise of jockey Pat Day’s patience that “he’s the head waiter of the American turf.”

‘Bird’ owners celebrate at the castle

Mark Allen and Dr. Leonard Blach, co-owners of Mine That Bird, were still high on their Kentucky Derby win as they celebrated Monday night at a party in their honor at the castle on Versailles Road.