09/24/2009 11:00PM

Mine That Bird gets feel for fall home


ARCADIA, Calif. - Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird arrived at Santa Anita at 2 a.m. on Friday, after a 12-hour van ride from Albuquerque, N.M. Not long after, he began his preparation for a fall campaign.

By 8 a.m., trainer Chip Woolley had Mine That Bird on the track for a one-mile jog "to let him get the kinks out of the trip," Woolley said. "He likes to go to the racetrack."

Unraced since finishing third in the West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Racetrack on Aug. 1, Mine That Bird is scheduled to make two starts at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting that begins on Wednesday - the $350,000 Goodwood Stakes over 1 1/8 miles on Oct. 10 and the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic over 1 1/4 miles on Nov. 7.

Mine That Bird had an unconventional September. He was kept with Woolley's stables in New Mexico, at Ruidoso Downs and The Downs at Albuquerque, where the gelding had three workouts in two weeks. Mine That Bird made his first two starts of the year at Sunland Park in New Mexico before pulling a 50-1 upset in the Kentucky Derby.

"We couldn't ask him to be training better," Woolley said. "He's been striding past the wire in his breezes."

The Goodwood will be Mine That Bird's first start against older horses. After the Kentucky Derby, he finished a troubled second to the star filly Rachel Alexandra in the Preakness Stakes and third in the Belmont Stakes before starting in the West Virginia Derby.

In the Goodwood, Mine That Bird will face a field expected to include Awesome Gem, Chocolate Candy, Colonel John, Monzante, Parading, Richard's Kid, and Tiago. Richard's Kid, who won the Pacific Classic at Del Mar on Sept. 6, worked six furlongs in 1:14.60 at Santa Anita on Friday, leaving trainer Bob Baffert leaning toward a start in the Goodwood.

"Today, it looked like a possibility," he said.

The Goodwood will not include Rail Trip, who will be trained up to the BC Classic, trainer Ron Ellis said. The winner of the Hollywood Gold Cup in July, Rail Trip worked a half-mile in 49.60 seconds on Friday at Hollywood Park.

"We'll go straight into the Breeders' Cup," Ellis said. "I thought it would be too much racing for him."

Migliore looking for Cup mounts

Jockey Richard Migliore, currently based in New York, will be based at Santa Anita for most of the upcoming Oak Tree meeting, he said on Friday.

Migliore will ride Desert Code in the $100,000 Morvich Handicap on Wednesday's opening day program, will return to New York for a week, and will be back at Santa Anita from Oct. 7 through the final day of the Breeders' Cup on Nov. 7. Migliore rode in California for nearly a year, until the start of the 2008 Del Mar meeting, when he returned to New York to be closer to his family.

For his upcoming trip to California, Migliore is hoping to pick up mounts for the Breeders' Cup on Nov. 6-7. Desert Code is the defending champion of the BC Turf Sprint and is considered a top contender for that race.

"It's better to be where the Breeders' Cup is held," Migliore said by phone on Friday morning. "I've got Desert Code and I want to maximize my opportunities."

Sidney's Candy will skip Norfolk

The $300,000 Norfolk Stakes for 2-year-olds on Oct. 4 will not include Del Mar track record holder Sidney's Candy.

Trainer John Sadler said on Friday that Sidney's Candy's recent bout with sore shins will prevent the colt from starting in the Norfolk. Sidney's Candy will be pointed for the Hollywood Park fall meeting, Sadler said. On Aug. 22, Sidney's Candy beat maidens over 5 1/2 furlongs in record time of 1:02.71.

The Norfolk is expected to draw a large field, led by Lookin at Lucky, the winner of the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 7. Other probable starters are Court Mischief, Dave in Dixie, John Scott, Jung Man Scott, Lucky Rave, Privilaged, Pulsion, Smiling Tiger, and Sterling Outlook.

Lookin at Lucky, trained by Baffert, worked six furlongs at Santa Anita in 1:12.80 on Friday.

Lucky Rave has won his last two starts, both in England on synthetic tracks. Now owned by Marc Ferrell, Lucky Rave was expected to clear quarantine on Friday, according to new trainer Peter Eurton.

"We hope to do a little something on Monday, and stretch his legs," Eurton said.

The Oct. 4 program also features the $300,000 Oak Leaf Stakes for 2-year-old fillies over 1 1/16 miles. The race is led by Mi Sueno, the winner of the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante on Sept. 5.

Other probable starters are Always a Princess, Blind Luck, Forbidden Paradise, It Tiz, Pure Class, and Softly Singing.

Trainer Eric Guillot, who trains Mi Sueno, said that Champagne d'Oro will be pointed for the $500,000 Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 9.