Mine That Bird

50 to 1 - Didn't have a Chance

It's no secret that Mine That Bird won the 2009 Kentucky Derby against all odds. What's not widely known is that after his last place finish, as a two year old in the 2008 Breeders Cup Juvenile the new owners sent him to Chip Woolley, a former quarter horse trainer stabled at New Mexico's Sunland Park.

After months of training as a three year old and two derby preps, Mine That Bird was shipped from Sunland Park, a tiny B-circuit racetrack to Churchill Downs to race in the Kentucky Derby. His win in the derby against nineteen of the best three year olds in the country was legendary and was credited to Calvin Borel's brilliant rail-skimming ride and a sloppy track. Though the ride was masterful, so were others in the race and although Mine That Bird's pedigree favored a sloppy track, so did others.

The only two facts that stand alone are that Mine That Bird produced one of the most inconceivable results in perfect form, in the 135 year history ofthe race. He exhibited speed and endurance far in excess ofanything he had produced before, including a last quarter in 23.3 seconds, the fastest final quarter since Secretariat, thirty seven years earlier. Second, Mine That Bird was training at Sunland Park, New Mexico, more than 5,000 feet above sea level. Hence, ALTITUDE TRAINING (live high - race low).

Mine That Bird never returned to New Mexico after the derby and has lost all of his nine races since. He is now retired.