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Mine That Bird Story Makes It To The Big Screen

Wednesday, 19th March 2014

The improbable journey of Mine That Bird from southern New Mexico to the Kentucky Derby winner's circle has made it to the silver screen, reports bloodhorse.com. The movie, titled 50-1, was directed by Oscar-winning producer and director Jim Wilson and stars actor Skeet Ulrich as Mine That Bird's trainer Chip Woolley. The story of Mine That Bird is an incredible one. Cowboy hat-wearing Woolley loaded the gelding in a trailer, hitched it to the back of his pickup truck in 2009, and drove 1,500 miles to Churchill Downs, arriving largely unnoticed. During the race, an inspired rails-hugging ride by jockey Calvin Borel produced one of the greatest upsets in Derby history with Mine That Bird coming from last to post a 6.75-length win on the sloppy track at odds of 50-1. Wilson, who is a racehorse owner himself, remembers watching the race on television. He said from a filmmaker's perspective, it could not have been more visual, or more perfect. "This horse was so far back he was off the TV screen," Wilson recalls. "So when he passes 18 horses in the last quarter mile, it was just stunning. And he didn't just pass them, he just blew by them." Mine That Bird went on to finish second in the Gr1 Preakness Stakes behind Rachel Alexandra and third in the Gr1 Belmont Stakes. Mine That Bird is now retired and resides in Roswell with owners Mark Allen, of Double Eagle Ranch, and Leonard Blach, of Buena Suerte Equine. Mine That Bird won 5 of his 18 career starts for earnings of US$2,218,637. 50-1, which was shot in more than 30 locations around New Mexico, including Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino, and at locations in California and Kentucky, will premiere in Albuquerque on 19 March at the historic KiMo Theatre.

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