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Mine That Bird to have minor surgery

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) - Roswell based Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird will have minor throat surgery but his trainer hopes he can run in the Travers Stakes in less than two weeks.
/ Source: KOB-TV

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) - Roswell based Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird will have minor throat surgery but his trainer hopes he can run in the Travers Stakes in less than two weeks.

The operation Tuesday is to clear a breathing passage. Trainer Chip Woolley says the problem was discovered Monday after Mine That Bird returned from a workout at Saratoga Race Course.

Mine That Bird will be taken to the Ruffian Equine Medical Center near Belmont Park for the procedure.

The 3-year-old gelding won the Derby at 50-1 odds, then finished second in the Preakness and third in the Belmont Stakes. He was third in the West Virginia Derby in his most recent start.

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