April 07, 2015

TORONTO (AP) Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird tops the class of 2015 elected to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.

The 2009 Derby winner was bred in Kentucky by Canadian Peter Lamantia and partners. The horse was purchased as a yearling by trainer Dave Cotey for $9,500 on behalf of owners Dominion Bloodstock, Derek Ball and Hugh Galbraith.

Mine That Bird was Canada's 2-year-old champion in 2008 after winning four of five starts. Later in `08, he was sold to Mark Allen and Leonard Blach of New Mexico. After winning the Derby at 50-1 odds, Mine That Bird was second in the Preakness and third in the Belmont Stakes.

The horse won five times in 18 career starts and earned more than $2.2 million.

Other inductees announced Tuesday were jockey Stewart Elliott, trainer Roger Laurin, Bob M. Anderson (builder category) and broadcaster Jim Bannon. Elected in the Standardbred category were horses Artsplace and J Cs Nathalie, H. Charles Armstrong (builder), journalist Harry Eisen and driver-trainer Bill Gale.

The induction ceremony is Aug. 5.

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