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.