Derby Contenders

Double Eagle Ranch & Bueno Suerte Equine

Mark Allen and Dr. Leonard Blach own in partnership Canadian champion two-year-old Mine That Bird, who will be the first Kentucky Derby starter for the New Mexico residents. Allen and Block purchased Mine That Bird after the Kentucky-bred gelding captured the Grey S. (Can-G3), Swynford S. and Silver Deputy S. at Woodbine last year and turned him over to Bennie "Chip" Woolley Jr., who trains for both Allen and Block on the New Mexico circuit. At Allen's Double Eagle Ranch in Roswell, New Mexico, Allen and Block are partners in the Double Eagle Ranch Training Center, which Quarterhorse Hall of Famer Jerry Nicodemus manages. So Long Birdie (Pioneering), a half-brother to 2004 Belmont S. (G1) and Travers S. (G1) hero Birdstone (Grindstone), stands at Double Eagle Ranch.