Mine That Bird Horse of the Month for May’09

May 31, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Breeders' Cup, Horse Racing 

Every month we’ll recognize the top performing jockey, trainer and horse for the month according to a totally arbitrary formula devised to award points for finishing in the money in graded stakes races.

Graded Stakes Points

Grade W P S
I 10 8 6
II 7 5 3
III 4 2 1

Horse of the Month:  Mine That Bird

Honorable Mention:  Rachel Alexandra

Well, the Total Arbitrary Point System has it the other way, but that’s where the ‘arbitrary’ part comes in.  A win in the Kentucky Derby and good, closing second in the Preakness is a little more impressive than what was essentially a walkover in the Kentucky Oaks and, admittedly, a very nice Preakness win.  But what’s the point of having ‘arbitrary’ in the name if you aren’t prepared to overrule yourself?

Jockey of the Month:  Calvin Borel

Honorable mention:  Julien Leparoux

Again, the point system has this the other way, but Calvin Borel won two Triple Crown races this month, on different horses!  If that’s not a great month, I don’t know what is.  Borel also won 3 other graded stakes this month, including the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks aboard Rachel Alexandra.

Julien Leparoux actually had a very nice month himself with 6 graded stakes victories, along with 2 seconds and 2 thirds.  His wins included Grade 1 scores on Informed Decision and Einstein.

Trainer of the Month:  Steve Asmussen

Honorable mention:  Bennie “Chip” Woolley Jr.

Steve Asmussen picked up 4 graded stakes wins and 2 thirds this month, but his highlight was obviously saddling Rachel Alexandra for her victory in the Preakness Stakes, especially when you consider that the filly wasn’t even in his barn two weeks earlier.

The points say Bobby Frankel is the runner-up this month, but since he only picked up one graded stakes win I’ll give it to another trainer that only scored one graded stakes win, Chip Woolley.  Of course, Woolley’s win was an improbably victory in the Kentucky Derby with 50-1 shot Mine That Bird and then Mine That Bird followed that up two weeks later with a strong second place finish in the Preakness Stakes.