Mine That Bird won the 135th Kentucky Derby Saturday in a shocking upset on a sloppy track at Churchill Downs.
Mine That Bird went off at 50-1 odds and was the second-biggest underdog ever to win the Derby. It was purchased for just $9,500 and beat a field that had several horses worth millions. With jockey Calvin Borel aboard, Mine That Bird pulled away from the pack on a stunningly fast stretch run, winning by almost seven lengths.
Calvin Borel does it again. Just two years after riding Street Sense to a win in the 2007 Kentucky Derby, the heralded jockey leads 50-1 long shot Mine That Bird to a stunning victory at Churchill Downs. The second-biggest upset in Derby history resulted in a payout of $103.20 to win. Click through to see more photos from the classic race.
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Amazingly, Mine That Bird won after beginning in last place out of the starting gate. But Borel skillfully maneuvered his colt to the rail for a comeback. "I had enough room," Borel said. "He's a small horse."
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Once along the rail with three-sixteenths to go, Mine That Bird turned on the speed and took control. "It was a Street Sense move," Borel said. "They can only go so fast, so far. When I hollered at him, he just went on."
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Despite racing on a sloppy dirt track, Mine That Bird pulled off a 6 3/4-length victory -- the largest margin since Assault won by eight lengths in 1946. "It just shows you how special this race is. Anything can happen," said losing trainer Todd Pletcher.
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Borel, who also won the Kentucky Oaks a day earlier, choked back tears and paid tribute to his parents by pointing his whip to the sky. "If they could only be here to see what I accomplish in my life," said Borel after he crossed the finish line.
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Borel became the first jockey since 1993 to complete the Oaks-Derby double. "All I asked him was to lay the horse back and be patient, and he did that magically," said Mine That Ride trainer Bennie Woolley Jr.
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Woolley, who spent time on the rodeo circuit as a bareback rider, hobbled on crutches to the winner's circle. The 45-year-old from New Mexico broke his right leg in a motorcycle accident two months ago. "I'm feeling like I never have before," he said. "I was just blown away."
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Pioneerof the Nile finished second and Musket Man finished third. The early favorite, I Want Revenge, was scratched from the field Saturday morning with an ankle injury. Friesan Fire went off as the favorite but finished out of the money.
Here's the order of finish: 1. Mine That Bird 2. Pioneerof the Nile 3. Musket Man 4. Papa Clem 5. Chocolate Candy 6. Summer Bird 7. Join in the Dance 8. Regal Ransom 9. West Side Bernie 10. General Quarters 11. Dunkirk 12. Hold Me Back 13. Advice 14. Desert Party 15. Mr. Hot Stuff 16. Atomic Rain 17. Nowhere to Hide 18. Friesan Fire 19. Flying Private