50-1 Mine That Bird stuns field

Saturday, May 2, 2009 6:40 PM
Last updated 6:51 PM
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Mine That Bird dug up a miracle, stunning the field to win the Kentucky Derby with a dynamic stretch run through the mud at Churchill Downs.

The 3-year-old colt and jockey Calvin Borel found room along the rail deep in the stretch Saturday then pulled away to give the 50-1 long shot one of the biggest upsets in the 135-year history of the race.

The win was the second Derby victory in three years for Borel, who used a similar stretch run to send Street Sense to the winner's circle in 2007.

Pioneerof the Nile held off Musket Man for second, but neither were a match for the unheralded colt from New Mexico.

Friesan Fire, who went off as the favorite after morning-line favorite I Want Revenge was scratched, finished 18th in the 19-horse field.

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FallingLeaves 05/02/09 - 07:54 pm
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Amazing race. Too bad

Amazing race. Too bad Dunkirk stumbled, I wanted to see what he could do. Mine that Bird was awesome. The other one I was hoping for finished fourth. My other favorite Summer Bird, another closer, didn't place. I was looking at the wrong kBird apparently. Also amazing is that Mine that Bird's jockey won on Rachel Alexandra yesterday when the fillies did their thing.

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