Friday, July 31, 2009

Mine That Bird Returns in West Virginia Derby

Mountaineer Park

A stellar card full of several non graded stakes is the under card for the Grade II $750,000 West Virginia Derby on Saturday at Mountaineer Park. This race marks the return of Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird who will be ridden in this race by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith. Mine That Bird is listed as the 3/5 favorite in the morning line.

Big Drama who ran 5th in the Preakness but is 6 for 9 lifetime is listed at 8/5 in the morning line and his blazing speed and only speed in the race of 4 betting interests and 5 horses will be a huge challenge to the strong closing kick of the Derby winner. Eiabar Coa has the return mount on Big Drama.