The scramble to win the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May has left most of this spring's Triple Crown contenders sidelined for the first weekend in November.
Alpha is the only horse to run in a Triple Crown race this year—12th in the Kentucky Derby—who is entered in Saturday's $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic. With the early retirement of Derby winner I'll Have Another, it will be the seventh time in 10 years that the horse that won the Run for the Roses isn't running in a Breeders' Cup race six months later.
Mine That Bird was the last Derby winner to run in a Breeders Cup in the same year as his Kentucky Derby win. He finished ninth.