Mine That Bird Longshots To Derby Greatness
Well, THAT was unexpected. Mine That Bird, a 50-1 long, long shot, won the Kentucky Derby Saturday in dramatic and incredible style. Coming from the dead last position, Bird delivered an incredible run down the stretch, one that saw him overtake the ENTIRE FIELD from the inside position, as jockey Calvin Borel masterfully maneuvered his horse to the front of the pack and into horse racing history. A quote from longtime Louisville-now-ESPN scribe Pat Forde, who has seen his fair share of Derby stories, details just how surprised the horse racing universe is by Mine That Bird’s amazing win, and just how much his win resonates:
Mine That Bird? The gelding came from 20 lengths behind and absolute last place to punk 18 horses in the slop. He ran away to a disorienting 6¾-length victory over a sketchy collection of competitors. By all that makes sense in racing, he had no right doing so.
Prior to becoming a racing immortal, he was sold as a yearling to his original owners for $9,500. (Can you even get a Kia for that price?) As a point of comparison, Mine That Bird finished 19 lengths ahead of Dunkirk, who was sold at auction for $3.7 million.
For the record, there was some doubt as to whether or not Bird would be able to run in the Preakness, which takes place two weeks from last Saturday. Apparently, the Derby-winning horse showed great recovery signs this morning, as his trainer revealed his winning horse would indeed still be competing for the elusive Triple Crown.
I doubt very seriously Mine That Bird will be a 50-1 underdog in two weeks.