•Mine That Bird to Return to KY Derby Museum, 3/6•
Mine That Bird, winner of the 2009 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) will return to greet fans at the Kentucky Derby Museum this spring. He will return to the museum for about three weeks in promotion of the upcoming film "50 to 1" which is based on the 8-year-old gelding's shocking upset victory in the Derby five years ago.
On April 17 at 10 a.m., a press event for the "50 to 1" movie will take place in the museum's Great Hall followed by media photo-ops with the movie team, Derby-winning team, and Mine That Bird in the museum's stable area. Museum guests are invited to watch with paid admission.
At 11:30 a.m., the museum will host a free poster signing and a "meet and greet" with fans in the back garden tent. Mine that Bird will be available for guests to see at the same time until 4 p.m.
On April 18, Mine That Bird will ship to Keeneland for an appearance at the track before the races and will be available for fans to see at the Kentucky Derby Museum's "It's My Derby" event hosted at Keeneland that evening, along with 2003 winner Funny Cide.
Mine That Bird will return to the Kentucky Derby Museum's garden area April 19 and remain until May 10. He will be available to guests with paid museum admission.
The movie "50 to 1," which opens in Kentucky theaters April 18, is directed by Jim Wilson with key roles of trainer and owner played by actors Skeet Ulrich and Christian Kane, respectively. Jockey Calvin Borel plays himself in the film.>
•Will Take Charge Fires Bullet at Oaklawn, 3/4•
Champion Will Take Charge breezed a bullet half-mile March 2 at Oaklawn Park in his final local workout ahead of a tantalizing showdown with Mucho Macho Man and Game On Dude in the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I).
The Big 'Cap is March 8 at 1 1/4 miles.
Willis Horton and Three Chimney Farm's Unbridled's Song colt was timed in :47 4/5, the fastest of 74 moves at the distance. The workout was the final of three half-mile drills for trainer D. Wayne Lukas at the Hot Springs, Ark, track since the colt finished second, 1 1/2 lengths behind Lea, in the Donn Handicap (gr. I) Feb. 9 at Gulfstream Park in his season debut.
Will Take Charge, whose dam is multiple grade I winner Take Charge Lady, is to ship from Oaklawn to Southern California Monday, March 3.
The colt was crowned champion 3-year-old male of 2013 after finishing a second by a nose to Mucho Macho Man in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park, and subsequently besting Game On Dude by a head in the Clark Handicap (gr. I) Nov. 29 at Churchill Downs.
He is assigned 123 pounds for Big 'Cap, one less than highweight Mucho Macho Man. Game On Dude, whose seven grade I wins include Big 'Cap victories in 2011 and 2013, is assigned 122 pounds.>