Mine That Bird to make New Mexico homecoming

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RUIDOSO DOWNS, N.M. (AP) -- Mine That Bird is coming back to New Mexico.

The Kentucky Derby winner will lead the post parade for the $2 million All American Futurity on Sept. 7 at Ruidoso Downs.

Co-owner Mark Allen of Roswell said it's a way to express thanks to the New Mexico racing community for support. He said fans "deserve to see" the 3-year-old gelding who won the Derby as a 50-1 long shot.

Mine That Bird is scheduled to run the $750,000 West Virginia Derby on Aug. 1 and then the $1 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 29.

After that, he will be at Ruidoso Downs, followed by a viewing at Allen's Double Eagle Ranch. Then it's off to Santa Anita to prepare for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic on Nov. 7.