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Mine That Bird headlines Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame '15 class

04/07/2015 05:34 EDT | Updated 06/07/2015 05:59 EDT
TORONTO - Mine That Bird, who captured the '09 Kentucky Derby as a 50-1 longshot, headlines the 2015 class named for induction into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.

Mine That Bird was bred in Kentucky by Canadian breeder Peter Lamantia and partners. The colt was purchased as a yearling by trainer Dave Cotey for $9,500 on behalf of owners Dominion Bloodstock, Derek Ball and Hugh Galbraith.

He was named Canada's champion two-year-old in '08 after winning four of five starts. Later in 2008, Mine That Bird was sold to Mark Allen (Double Eagle Ranch) and Leonard Blach (Buena Suerte Equine) of New Mexico. After the stunning Derby win, Mine That Bird was second in the Preakness to Kentucky Oaks winner Rachel Alexandra and third in the Belmont.

Mine That Bird posted career earnings exceeding $2.248 million over 18 starts (five wins, twice second, two third-place finishes).

The other thoroughbred inductees included trainer Roger Laurin, builder Robert (Bob) M. Anderson, jockey Stewart Elliott and long-time broadcaster Jim Bannon.

The standardbred inductees included horses Artsplace and J Cs Nathalie, builder H. Charles Armstrong; communicator Harry Eisen and driver/trainer William (Bill) Gale.

The news inductees will be enshrined Aug. 5th.

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