05/03/2009 11:00PM

Mine That Bird headed to Preakness

Barbara D. Livingston
Mine That Bird gets a bath Saturday after his stunning Derby win.

Saying "it's good for the sport," trainer Chip Woolley on Monday said that Mine That Bird, the upset winner of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday at Churchill Downs, would run in the Preakness Stakes on May 16 at Pimlico.

Woolley and Mine That Bird's co-owners on Sunday said that the Preakness was not in their original plan, but that changed when he won the Derby, giving Mine That Bird a chance to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

"You cannot have a Triple Crown winner without having the Derby winner in the Preakness," Woolley said. "That plays into our decision, but the horse looks super."

Woolley said Mine That Bird will travel by van from Churchill Downs to Pimlico on May 11 or 12. Mine That Bird came to Churchill Downs by van from Sunland Park in New Mexico. Woolley has never run a horse at Pimlico.