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With 'Mine that Bird', Borel guarantees Belmont victory

Calvin Borel pulled a Joe Namath Monday morning after giving Mine That Bird his final workout for Saturday's Belmont Stakes.

"We're going to win it, no questions asked," Borel said after breezing the Kentucky Derby winner 4 furlongs in 50 seconds at Churchill Downs. "I loved the way he went today. He really came bouncing off the track once we were done."

Clockers timed the gelding's final furlong in a quick 11 3/5 seconds. He is scheduled to be flown tomorrow to New York.

If Borel, who rode Mine That Bird to victory in the Derby, is right, he'll become the first rider to sweep a Triple Crown on different horses. He won the Preakness on the filly Rachel Alexandra.

She's skipping the Belmont but also worked at Churchill, going 5 furlongs in 1:01.60. She might return in the Grade I Mother Goose Stakes for 3-year-old fillies June 27 at Belmont.


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