SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird is scheduled to arrive at Saratoga Race Course late Monday morning to begin preparations for the Grade 1, $1 million Shadwell Travers on Saturday, August 29.

The 3-year-old Birdstone gelding ran third by 1-3/4 lengths as the second betting choice in yesterday’s Grade 2, $750,000 West Virginia Derby contested over 1-1/8 miles at Mountaineer Racetrack.

“We’re really excited about coming to Saratoga,” said Chip Woolley, trainer of Mine That Bird. “We think the 1-1/4 mile distance of the Travers will suit him much more [than the West Virginia Derby distance], and he should also get a much better set-up with a larger field likely.”

Owned by Dr. Leonard Bloch and Mark Allen, Mine That Bird pulled off a 50-1 shocker in the Kentucky Derby followed by a narrow second place finish in the Preakness to Rachel Alexandra and a third place finish in the Belmont Stakes.

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