Who doesn’t love the story of an underdog?
By Horsetalk.co.nz on Mar 09, 2013 in Focus
Mine That Bird at Santa Anita Park during the week of the 2008 Breeders Cup. © Brock
A movie about longshot Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird is to be released this year, titled 50 to 1.
The film was produced and directed by Jim Wilson, the Academy Award-winning producer of Dances With Wolves, The Bodyguard and Wyatt Earp.
Mine that Bird won the Derby in 2009 at odds of 50 to 1, and is one of only nine geldings to win the race and the second gelding to win since 1929. In the two remaining races of the US Triple Crown, he finished second in the Preakness and third in the Belmont.
Trainer Chip Woolley drove 21 hours to get Mine That Bird from New Mexico to Louisville for the Run for the Roses. The gelding was in last place for much of the race, but Borel maneuvered Mine That Bird along the rail on a rain-soaked track to take the lead.
He won by by 6 3/4 lengths, the greatest margin of victory in the Derby since 1946. A $2 wager to win returned $103.20, giving Mine That Bird the second-biggest upset in Kentucky Derby history.
Mine That Bird retired in November 2010 after failing to win a race from nine starts following the Derby.
The New Mexico horse is about as famous in the state as Area 51. He is owned by New Mexicans Mark Allen and Dr Leonard Blach, and was trained on their ranches in Roswell.
“The film follows the humorous adventures of a small, crooked-footed horse and his cowboy owners and trainer, who take to the highway in an unlikely bid to win America’s premier horse race, The Kentucky Derby. Misfits in the regal world of Kentucky blue bloods, these charming rascals face multiple mishaps and obstacles along the way to the winner’s circle.”
Mark Allen, will be portrayed by acto -singer Christian Kane (Leverage, Hide, Her Minor Thing), while Skeet Ulrich (Jerico, Law and Order LA, Into the West) has been cast as Chip Woolley.