Trainer Chip Woolley got a rude awakening before leaving for New York on an early flight Tuesday. Overnight, a burglar had broken into Woolley's truck in the parking lot of the Louisville hotel where he has been staying. The thief stole at least two things: a global-positioning system, and the official registration papers for Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird.
By Tuesday afternoon, the papers - required for the gelding to run Saturday in the Belmont Stakes - already had been replaced, thanks to some quick work by Barbara Borden, the horse identifier at Churchill Downs. Woolley, unflappable as usual, said from Belmont Park that he was dismayed, but not distracted, by the break-in.
"They smashed out the passenger's side window and ruffled through a few things," he said. "I'm guessing they were after the GPS. Why they'd want to take the papers, I don't know. The lady there at Churchill, she took care of everything already, so we're good to go."