SARATOGA SPRINGS - Despite a published report that Mine That Bird is heading for the Pennsylvania Derby, trainer Chip Woolley Jr. denies the claim.
The Kentucky Derby winner will start in the Aug. 29 Travers Stakes.
The story reported that Woolley was 99% sure to start in the $1million race at Philadelphia Park on Sept. 7.
"I am 95% sure I'm not going to Philadelphia," Woolley said Wednesday afternoon. "I did call and nominate him, but what would you expect? I got to keep the doors open."
The story also said that Woolley talked with Sal Sinatra, Philadelphia Park's director of racing, for 15 minutes.
"I talked for all of 45 seconds and this guy puts out this big release saying I was 99% (sure) that is where I was going," he said. "It's not true. I didn't tell him anything of the sort."
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Happy to hear the little guy is bright eyed and doing well (I mean Mine That Bird, not Chip, though Chip is still hot. )