Mine that Bird returned to Churchill Downs this morning where he won the 2009 Kentucky Derby a thrilling last-to-first fashion. The gelding will serve as the museum’s resident Thoroughbred through July 4.
Chip Woolley, who trained the gelding for his Derby win, and owners Mark Allen and Dr. Leonard Blach accompanied the horse to a barn behind the Kentucky Museum. According to a press release,
Visitors can see Mine That Bird in the museum’s stable free of charge during normal business hours following his arrival on Monday.
This is the first time the Kentucky Derby Museum has had a Kentucky Derby winner stabled on the grounds to greet the thousands of Derby enthusiasts during this peak time of year.
Mine That Bird, a bay gelding retired in the fall of 2010, has been stabled in Roswell, New Mexico at co-owner Mark Allen’s Double Eagle Ranch.
A movie about the Mine That Bird story, called 50-1, has wrapped filming and is in the editing stages with famed director/producer Jim Wilson. Capturing the stories of each of the members of the team along with the legendary drive to Kentucky by trainer Chip Woolley, the movie highlights the unique blend of circumstances that led them to unexpected victory in the Kentucky Derby.
Photo: Zach Everson