Soul Warrior pulled a stunning upset Saturday in the 40th running of
the Grade 2, $750,000 West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Park, surging
past a weary Big Drama while outfinishing Mine That Bird in the final
With local jockey Dale Beckner picking up the mount from an
absent Miguel Mena, who missed his flight from Saratoga earlier in the
day, Soul Warrior returned $48 after finishing a neck before Big Drama.
Mine That Bird, the Kentucky Derby winner, was another 1 1/2 lengths
back in a field of six 3-year-olds.