Borel May Ride Mine That Bird in Belmont

Rider will ride Mine That Bird if Rachel Alexandra is not entered.

(Edited press release)

Chip Woolley, the trainer of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Mine That Bird, said jockey Calvin Borel will ride his horse in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) if Rachel Alexandra isn't entered.

Woolley said May 28 that he will wait to pick a jockey until Rachel Alexandra's co-owner Jess Jackson decides whether to enter his Preakness Stakes (gr. I)-winning filly in the Belmont.

The draw for post positions is June 3 and the 1 1/2-mile race is June 6.

Borel won the Derby aboard Mine That Bird, and then rode Rachel Alexandra to victory over Mine That Bird in the Preakness. Borel has said he will ride Rachel Alexandra if she runs in the Preakness.

Woolley said he will wait as close to entry time as possible to make sure Borel doesn't lose two mounts.