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Oldtimers' day at Churchill Downs

Thursday - 5/2/2013, 3:39am  ET

An exercise rider takes Kentucky Derby hopeful Itsmyluckyday for a workout at Churchill Downs Wednesday, May 1, 2013, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Funny Cide and Mine That Bird, a pair of Kentucky Derby winners, will make a rare joint appearance at Churchill Downs on Thursday.

It will be a stroll down memory lane for the two geldings as they meet and greet fans, and pose for photos at the site of their greatest triumphs.

Funny Cide is the popular New York bred who captured the Derby and the Preakness in 2003. He will be joined by Jack Knowlton, managing partner of the Sackatoga Stable, and Jose Santos, his rider.

Funny Cide now resides in the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky.

Mine That Bird pulled a stunning 50-1 upset in the 2009 Derby and is currently in limited residence through July 4 at the Derby Museum. Chip Woolley, his trainer, will be on hand.

The two Derby champions will visit the paddock starting at 2:20 p.m. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. both will be available in the Museum's back garden on the grounds at Churchill Downs.

"Mine That Bird is the first Derby winner housed on our property at the museum and we are thrilled to showcase two winners at the same time during this peak day of Derby week," said Lynn Ashton, executive director of the Derby Museum. "It's a rare opportunity in life to get close to one Kentucky Derby winner much less two and offering this lifetime experience for fans is a treat for the museum."


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