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Mine That Bird Wins Kentucky Derby Proving Long Shots Are Winners!

 Mine That Bird Wins Kentucky Derby Proving Long Shots Are Winners!

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The Kentucky Derby is all about MAGIC. 153,563 people(Famous ones included) show up at Churchill Downs in Louisville the first Saturday in May each year dressed up in all their hat-topped finery to witness with their own eyes...MAGIC.

Soggy from the rain, Kentucky Derby 2009 did not disappoint.

Mine That Bird and home town jockey Calvin Borel proved to the world that the long shot was just as good or better.

Mine That Bird was an inexpensive yearling that was bought for $9500. This may sound expensive if you are not in the Thoroughbred horse racing business. Compare this to millions that buyers spend on these animals. I once saw one sell for 6.1 million at Keeneland Sales! So $9500 sounds cheap compared to that.

Mine That Bird was brought into Kentucky for the Derby from New Mexico on a 21 hour truck ride. He had never raced  in mud and ran 4th in his last race.

Calvin Borel is a 40 year old jockey with an eighth-grade education but hard working and a never quit attitude.

Combined, they stunned the Kentucky Derby crowd that had planned on the favorites winning. These were fabulous horses that millions of dollars had been invested and the most expensive of training with the flavor of the month jockeys on top. The most exquisite Mint Julep eye candy!

With six and three quarters smokin lengths to spare, Mine That Bird flew at warp speed through the other horses along the rail, past the finish line and into history. It was unbelieveable how fast it went down!

As they were ponied back along the grandstand, the jockey, Calvin Borel was ecstatically screaming with fists pumping into the air.

Beyond him, I could see that most of the well heeled crowd was not. In shock that they had bet on the wrong horse. Disappointed that they had been duped into following what was hyped and lavishly presented as potential winners.

What Calvin and Mine That Bird did was prove was that it doesn't take loads of money, fame or support to win. It only takes heart and luck. Simple stuff. 

America is like that. We live in a fabulous country and constantly think we aren't good enough, aren't rich or have the education with degrees until we are shown that it's not important. The inexperienced, dollar-lite and under-educated can still win here. We should feel proud that we can achieve anything we put our thought and mind to.

Magic can happen if you choose to believe.

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12 commentsLizette Fitzpatrick • May 03 2009 09:59AM

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Lizette--I was able to catch the race and what a fun day for that jockey. He was just going on and on with such joy. When an underdog pulls out all the stops and comes in first, what an experience!

Posted by Teri Eckholm, Acreage & Lakeshore REALTOR Minneapolis St Paul (REMAX Specialists) about 5 years ago

Lizette,

This was a race for the ages with a fairytale ending.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) about 5 years ago

Teri - It was an amazing ride for that jockey.

 

Don - It was exactly that!

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes - (Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY) about 5 years ago

Lizette,

That race sure gets attention. People are talking about it here, in spite of the weird name that horse is saddled with.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc) about 5 years ago

Lizette, can you believe I did not watch that race? I think it is the first Derby I have ever missed. Boo hoo.........clients in town you know the drill.  oh well nice replays but never as exciting as the real Run for the Roses.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) about 5 years ago

Every underdog has its day- I just love happy endings. Proving to all- it is possible despite the "odds" to come out on top!

Posted by Allison Stewart, St. Cloud Fl Realtor, Osceola County Real Estate 407-616-9904 (St.Cloud Homes ) about 5 years ago

Steven - I guess they had given out all the good names before he was born.

Missy - How could you have missed it? Well...I guess the  replay would have been great too. You missed all the hype and hat review.

 

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes - (Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY) about 5 years ago

Allison - I love that idea too. Not everyone has it made to do things in life easily.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes - (Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY) about 5 years ago

Stories like this make me so proud to live in the land of opportunity.   We are blessed!

Posted by Connie King (CK Staging & Design, Sevierville, TN) about 5 years ago

Lizette, They were showing it on TV here and I got to watch a bit of it....and loved it!  It was nice to read about the history of the horse and jockey.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 5 years ago

Lizette,

I just talked to some friends who had a Kentucky Derby party up here. Bet it was more fun down there.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc) about 5 years ago

I was at the Derby, but didn't bet -- I worked as a pari-mutuel. It was an interesting experience watching people part with their money, thoroughly inebriated.

I've been to Derby parties in E'town. I generally think the Derby parties are more interesting than that 2 minutes -- most of the time. But, this Derby was exciting!!!

Posted by Andrew Haslett, Heartland of Kentuckynulls, Best Home Inspector (Van Warren Home Inspections, NAHI CRI) about 5 years ago

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