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Mine That Bird's rep soars

 An hour or so after Rachel Alexandra was loaded onto a van bound for Baltimore-Washington Airport at 6 a.m. yesterday morning, Mine That Bird was once again the undisputed star of the Preakness Stakes Barn.

Trainer Chip Woolley sat back in a director’s chair, staring in the direction of Stall 40, the reserved residence of the Kentucky Derby winner each May, assessing his own whirlwind entry into thoroughbred racing’s stratosphere.

“You spend a lifetime working to get here,” said the New Mexico-based trainer, both thrilled and disappointed with his little gelding’s second-place finish behind Rachel Alexandra in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown. “It’s kind of a stamp on your career when you win that first one. Then, you come back and re-stamp that same stamp on the next one.”

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