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Smith takes off Mine That Bird

Updated: May 21, 2009, 4:17 PM ET
By Jay Privman | Daily Racing Form

Mike Smith, who rode Mine That Bird to a second-place finish in the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, will not ride him in the June 6 Belmont Stakes, choosing instead to ride Madeo in the Grade 1 Whittingham Stakes at Hollywood Park that day.

Brad Pegram, Smith's agent, informed Chip Woolley, the trainer of Mine That Bird, on Monday morning. The decision opens the possibility that Calvin Borel -- who rode Mine That Bird to a victory in the Kentucky Derby before opting to ride the filly ...

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