Mine That Bird earned his fourth consecutive win Oct. 5 at Woodbine when he edged pacesetter Bear's Conductor by a half-length in the $232,100 Grey Breeders' Cup Stakes (Can-III) (VIDEO) for 2-year-olds.
Trained by David Cotey, the Birdstone gelding has now won three stakes in a row, all over the Woodbine Polytrack racing surface.
Sent off at odds of 6-1, Mine That Bird, ridden by Chantal Sutherland, broke awkwardly but worked his way into a stalking position along the inside.
Leading the way was Bear's Conductor, who was pressed by Dance Into Heaven and a rank Southern Exchange, the 3-5 favorite in the field of six. Fractions were tepid -- :24.49, :49.25 and 1:14.01 -- and Mine That Bird, attempting to make a bid for the lead on the inside early on the final turn, had to take back when he lacked room. Mine That Bird waited for room and moved off the rail between horses leaving the turn. He eventually prevailed in the long stretch drive.
The winning time for the 1 1/16-mile distance was 1:44.45.
Bear's Conductor, ridden by Eurico Da Silva, was a stubborn runner-up by a half-length over Stimulus Plan and Patrick Husbands. Red Leader, Dance Into Heaven and Southern Exchange, who tired in the stretch, completed the order.
"Out of the gate, I think my horse got a little intimidated on the inside and was sharp,” said Sutherland. “I went into the race not sure what (favored) Southern Exchange was going to do. When Bear’s Conductor took the lead, I was pleased.
“On the turn, when I came to Eurico (jockey Rosa da Silva, aboard Bear’s Conductor), I wanted to push him because it was so easy for him on the lead and he went for it. I angled out. It worked out, but Bear's Conductor was tough to get by.”
Winner of the seven-furlong Swynford Stakes in his last start Sept. 14, Mine That Bird was making his first start at a route distance in the Grey. After beginning his career with a fifth-place maiden finish, Mine That Bird has been unbeaten. He earned $138,705 for the victory to go over the $300,000 mark for owners Dominion Bloodstock, D. Ball and HGHR Inc.
Cotey said is leaning toward not sending Mine That Bird to the Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park on Oct. 25.
"I'm still not getting over winning this yet," said Cotey. “He's an awful nice horse. There are other places to go. I'm just happy for the horse and all the help and happy to get the money.”
Mine That Bird, out of the Smart Strike mare Mining My Own, was bred in Kentucky by Lamantia, Blackburn and Needham/Betz Thoroughbreds.
Sent off as the third choice, he paid $14.50, $5.60 and $3.80, topping a $2 exacta worth $69.20. Bear's Conductor, a son of Congaree who ran fourth in the Swynford for trainer Reade Baker, returned $6.40 and $4.10. Stimulus Plan, an eight-length maiden winner last time out for trainer Mark Casse, was $3 to show.