Lucky's line alive! Mine That Bird a go for Preakness

May 5, 2009 7:47 PM
by Mark Mayer |

For those who believed it would be a rainy day in hell when Mine That Bird would win the Kentucky Derby, they may want to get in on the -2700 (1-27) current price at Lucky’s that he won’t win the Triple Crown.

"We actually opened it at -2000 and had someone make a significant bet that Mine That Bird wouldn’t win it," said Dan Shapiro, director of operations for Lucky’s Race and Sports Book. "I can’t tell you how much, but it was five figures."

Breaking the line down, it’s 1-27 (bet $27 to win $1) that Mine That Bird won’t win both the Preakness and Belmont Stakes, and +1500 or 15-1 (bet $1 and win $15) that he will.

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"We still don’t know the field he will face, but it’s going to be a tough assignment," Shapiro said. "It seems like a lot of horses are coming out of the woodwork to face him. Pioneerof The Nile looks like he will come back. Big Drama is a nice horse and Hull, who won the Derby Trial, is undefeated. And Mr. Fantasy, who won the Withers, is a possible."

Shapiro said he could see Mine That Bird dropping down to somewhere between even money and 4-1 odds at the Belmont with a victory at the Preakness. "Anything in horse racing can happen," he said. "It could rain again or they could give (jockey Calvin) Borel the rail. An 81 Beyer rating isn’t good enough to win many claiming races. And he did it.

Mine That Bird was proclaimed ready for the Preakness on Monday after a spirited early morning jog. He will remain at Churchill Downs in Louisville at least until May 12 before shipping to Baltimore.

I Want Revenge, the morning line favorite at the Kentucky Derby before being scratched that day, will be given "six weeks to two months off on a farm," according to co-owner David Lanzman. I Want Revenge was determined to have soreness and slight swelling in his left front ankle.

His handlers are reportedly looking at running him in the Travers Stakes at Saratoga in late August with a prep in the Jim Dandy. I Want Revenge has had his best success in New York, winning both the Wood Memorial and the Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct.

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