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May 29, 2009

'Bird' and 'Rachel' have Thursday workouts

By: SPORTS NETWORK


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Louisville, KY (Sports Network) - Preakness Stakes winner Rachel Alexandra and
Kentucky  Derby champ  Mine That  Bird each returned to the track at Churchill
Downs Thursday morning. The top two rated three-year-olds hit the track at the
same time: 7:30 A.M. (et).

"Want  to race,"  asked Scott Blasi with  a smile to Chip Woolley as Mine That
Bird  approached  the filly  and Blasi's  pony. Blasi is  the top assistant to
Rachel Alexandra's trainer Steve Asmussen.

Rachel Alexandra was at the starting gate before she took a gallop once around
the  Churchill  Downs oval. No  decision has  been made concerning the filly's
possible start in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 6.

Mine  That Bird,  who will  definitely start  in the  Test of  Champions, went
around  twice.  Both horses went  to the  track Wednesday morning at different
times and are each scheduled to work Monday.

Rachel  Alexandra  remains a  unanimous selection atop  the latest NTRA three-
year-old  poll.  The filly received  all 16  first-place votes for 160 points.
Mine That Bird is second with 144 points.



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