Mine That Bird

People gave him little respect after his Kentucky Derby win, even his jockey picked a filly to ride instead of trying for a chance at the elusive Triple Crown.  However, jockey Mike Smith almost squeaked it out, but ran out of real estate, taking a very respectable 2nd place in the 2009 Preakness Stakes.  Maybe the 2009 Belmont will feature a rematch of these two great horses.  Rachel Alexandra, the Preakness winner is female and Mine That Bird is a gelding. (sans testicles)
Calvin Borel, the jockey who jumped over to the filly, has a shot at becoming the first Triple Crown Jockey to win on two different horses.  Strange distinction, but fascinating.

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