Wow. Just wow. The 135th Kentucky Derby was an amazing race. When Calvin Borel asked the gelding for a move, he took off like a rocket and won the Derby by 6 3/4 lengths leaving many of us wondering, who is that horse? It’s not often that a 50-1 long shot wins a race like the Derby in such definitive style. Mine That Bird was flying so low under the radar that even the announcer didn’t have his name ready when the horse took the lead. In fact one race horse pundit had suggested before the race that Mine That Bird should just stay in the barn because his pre-race workouts were unimpressive! I bet the owners are glad they didn’t follow that advice!
There wasn’t much about the horse in the pre-show discussion of the race despite the fact that he was Canadian’s Champion Juvenile last year. Most of the focus was on Mine That Bird’s trainer, Bennie Woolley Jr., who walked the Derby parade on crutches because a motorcycle accident broke multiple bones in his leg. A lot was made of the fact that Woolley drove the gelding from New Mexico himself, a trip that took 21 hours.
But that’s not what he’ll be interviewed about now!
Here’s the race:
The video taken from the blimp is quite impressive as you can really see how Borel moves Mine That Bird through the fields: