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Mine That Bird: came from a detached last to win the 2009 Kentucky Derby

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Mine ThatBird's brother wins Blue Grass

DULLAHAN ran down last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Hansen to win Saturday's Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland and book his ticket fornext month's Kentucky Derby, where he could try to emulate his half-brother Mine That Bird's victory in 2009.

Trained by Dale Romans for Donegal Racing, last year's Grade 1 Breeders' Futurity winner Dullahan finished with a flourish to defeat Hansen by one and a quarter lengths in a time that was a new stakes record for 1m1f on the Keeneland Polytrack.

Dullahan is by the Grade 2-winning Unbridled's Song stallion Even The Score, whose other Grade 1 winner is Jamaica Handicap and Secretariat Stakes scorer Take The Points.

Even The Score stands at Millennium Farms in Kentucky for a fee of $10,000.

Dullahan was bred by Phil Needham, Judy Needham and Bena Halecky out of the unraced Smart Strike mare Mining My Own, whose first foal Mine That Bird made rapid headway after being a detached last to win the Kentucky Derby by seven lengths.

Mining My Own is a half-sister to Listed winner Golden Sunray, out of a stakes-placed daughter of Selene Stakes winner Little To Do.

Dullahan was purchased by Jerry Crawford and Donegal Racing for $250,000 at the 2010 Keeneland September yearling sale.

His year-younger half-sister by Tapit was bought by Hamdan Al maktoum's Shadwell operation for $325,000 in the same sale ring last year.





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