07/18/2009 11:00PM

Mine That Bird to be paraded at Ruidoso


Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird will be paraded at Ruidoso Downs before the start of the $2 million All American Futurity for Quarter Horses on Sept. 7, Ruidoso Downs officials announced in a statement on Sunday.

Mine That Bird is currently based at Churchill Downs and is being prepared for a start in the $750,000 West Virginia Derby at Mounaineer Park on Aug. 1.

Mine That Bird is owned by Mark Allen and Dr. Leonard Blach, who live near Ruidoso Downs, in Roswell, N.M. Earlier this year, Mine That Bird started twice at Sunland Park, about 100 miles south of Ruidoso Downs.

"The people deserve to see him and we're excited about being able to parade him for the All American," said Allen, who campaigns Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds. "This may be as close as I get to an All American win."

Allen's Double Eagle Ranch in Roswell is planning an event to showcase Mine That Bird to New Mexico racing fans. The details have not been announced.

Mine That Bird will be based with trainer Chip Woolley in New Mexico in late summer before being sent to California for an expected start in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 7.