Two years ago Mine That Bird upset the field to win the 135th
Kentucky Derby at odds of 50-1. The gelding went on to finish second in
the Preakness Stakes and third in the Belmont Stakes. He is now retired.
However, the favorite in the 2009 Run for the Roses is very much not retired and is training to return to the races.
Fire, the 7-2 favorite that first Saturday in May, is back at his
favorite track in preparation for his 2011 debut. Owner Rick Porter
stated on his website that the five-year-old is at the Fair Grounds with
trainer Steve Asmussen.
"He is training well and we know he loves that race track," Porter said.
Fire is the winner of $615,296 with five wins in 14 career starts. He
won his first three starts as a three-year-old at the Fair Grounds,
taking the LeComte, Risen Star and Louisiana Derby.