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
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
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).