BALTIMORE - Canadian champ Mine That Bird is looking to win the second
jewel of America's elusive Triple Crown today at the 134th running of
the Preakness Stakes.

The plucky gelding and 11 other colts are vying to
beat Rachel Alexandra, the odds-on favourite who's aiming to be the
first filly to win the Preakness since 1924.

 

A forecast of thunderstorms at Pimlico today and
Mine That Bird's starting position second from the rail has jockey Mike
Smith convinced the gelding could repeat his jaw-dropping Kentucky
Derby win.

Mine That Bird was a 50-1 longshot at the Derby two
weeks ago when his rail-hugging closing run on a muddy track became one
of the fastest in the history of the race. The horse, Canada's 2008
two-year-old male champion, likes mucky tracks and being close to the
rail.

Smith says Mine That Bird's Derby win was no fluke,
that the little gelding, a descendent of Canadian racing giant Northern
Dancer, possesses under-estimated skills and spunk.

Mine That Bird's early odds to win the race were
6-1, leaving him tied for third with Friesen Bird behind Rachel
Alexandra (8-5) and second choice Pioneer of the Nile (5-1).