Dogwood Stable president Cot Campbell is betting that the half-brother of Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird will pay off next year.
The Aiken-based stable announced Monday that it had purchased the unnamed colt for $485,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale near Baltimore. The 2-year-old is a son of Yonaguska out of Mining My Own. Yonaguska is the sire of Musket Man, which finished third in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. Mining My Own is the dam of Mine That Bird.
Hes a good-looking horse, Im familiar with his background, Campbell said of the dark brown colt. Well send him to the races with confidence.
Mine That Bird was a 50-1 longshot who won the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago with a strong finish. At the Preakness on Saturday, a fast-closing Mine That Bird finished second to filly Rachel Alexandra.
Mine That Birds terrific run in the Preakness shows that he is a strong candidate to win the Belmont, Campbell said. Hes legitimate. Hes no fluke.
Campbell said the colt will be shipped to Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and will train under Todd Pletcher. If all goes well, he could be a candidate for Triple Crown races in 2010.
The colt was purchased from Paul Saylor, who bought him for $100,000 at a breeders sale in March, according to bloodhorse.com.
Dogwood hasnt entered a horse in one of the Triple Crown races since Limehouse placed fourth in the Kentucky Derby in 2004. Summer Squall won the 1990 Preakness for Dogwood.
Campbell said recent wins by Lime Rickey, Bricklayer and Atoned have put Dogwood back on track.
Its gotten better. Last year was a little slow, he said. We won a nice race with Lime Rickey (a turf allowance at Belmont Park), and hes been knocking at the door. Were excited now. Our hopes are high with the 2-year-old.