WHY MINE THAT BIRD WON’T WIN THE BELMONT STAKES
By Mike Shutty, HorseRacingNation
As the saying goes, fool me once; shame on you. Fool me twice; shame on me. Fool me a third time and this racing pundit will be helping himself to a heaping plate of a different kind of “bird” that goes by the name—crow!
I, along with a legion of other non believers, acknowledged that while we were fooled by the outcome of the Kentucky Derby, there was no way Mine That Bird was going to fool us again in the Preakness Stakes. The proclamations were plentiful. Some of us felt that Mine That Bird had everything his way in the Derby…closing into a strong pace along the best part of the track enjoying a dream trip. Others speculated that no horse that just ran the top figure of its career by 15-20 points (depending on your speed rating service) could duplicate that effort in the Preakness Stakes.
Standing united some of us non believers (including yours truly) boldly declared that Mine That Bird would not even hit the board in the Preakness. Our more conservative brethren took the stand against Mine That Bird winning the race and were vindicated for their insight though holding their breath during the stretch run.
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