Mine That Bird

Mine That Bird inducted into Canadian Racing Hall of Fame

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Mine That Bird inducted into Canadian Hall

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird was among the inductees into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame at the Mississauga Convention Center on Wednesday night.

Mine That Bird heads 2015 Canadian Hall of Fame class

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Mine That Bird enters Canadian Hall of Fame
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Mine That Bird, winner of the 2009 Kentucky Derby, is among five new entrants to the Thoroughbred division of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.

Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird has been elected into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in the Thoroughbred male horse category. He is joined by jockey Stewart Elliott, breeder Robert Anderson, Woodbine television personality Jim Bannon, and trainer Roger Laurin to make up the Thoroughbred class of 2015.

The five Thoroughbred inductees and five Standardbred inductees will be honored at the annual Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame induction ceremony Aug. 5 at the Mississauga Convention Centre.

Canadian owner Ball dies

ETOBICOKE, Ontario — Longtime Woodbine owner Derek Ball died suddenly Dec. 12 at age 65.

With Hugh Galbraith and trainer Dave Cotey, Ball owned Canadian champions Lady Shari and Mine That Bird, who captured the 2009 Kentucky Derby after being sold near the end of his 2-year-old season by the partnership.

A memorial service will be held for Ball from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Oakview Funeral Home at 56 Lakeshore Road West in Oakville, Ontario. Visitation also will be held there Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m.

Borel impresses Hollywood co-stars in '50 to 1'

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Calvin Borel (right) portrays himself in the Mine That Bird movie, “50 to 1.” Christian Kane (left) plays co-owner Mark Allen, and Skeet Ulrich (center) plays trainer Chip Woolley.

Jockey Calvin Borel is now a card-carrying member of the Screen Actors Guild.

The three-time Kentucky Derby-winning rider who last year was inducted into the National Horse Racing Hall of Fame will hit the big screen on Wednesday. Borel plays himself in the new movie “50 to  1” that chronicles the story of Mine That Bird. The premiere is Wednesday in Albuquerque, N.M., with the film to open in the state on Friday, March 21.

Jay Hovdey: "50 to 1" using unorthodox publicity campaign

As movie promotional stunts go, the heartland bus tour Jim Wilson has planned to generate interest in his Kentucky Derby fairytale “50 to 1” is pretty tame stuff. Unless, of course, at some point the bus breaks down and is rescued by the cast of “The Walking Dead.”

Grassroots bus tour part of launch for the film "50 to 1"

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Director Jim Wilson gives Calvin Borel instructions during the filming of "50 to 1."

The Academy Award-winning producer Jim Wilson was watching the Kentucky Derby on a small television screen in his Los Angeles office in 2009, when the last-to-first burst of unlikely winner Mine That Bird seized his senses. For the past three years, Wilson has worked to bring the little gelding’s eternal moment to the big screen, and the result is the feature-length film “50 to 1” that opens in New Mexico on March 21.

Hall of Fame profile: Calvin Borel

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Calvin Borel is the only jockey in history to win the Kentucky Derby three times in a four-year span.

Calvin Borel’s induction into the Racing Hall of Fame will be one of the highlights of the ceremony, especially to those who have followed his rise from the bush tracks of his native Louisiana to the heights of the sport. The 46-year-old jockey has long been regarded as one of the best riders on the Midwest circuit, but over the past 10 years, Borel has excelled on the national stage, posting three Kentucky Derby wins and receiving accolades for his work aboard 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra.

Jay Hovdey: Kentucky Derby-winning trainers share some special memories

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Trainer Michael Matz recalls that he took a lot of heat from the media in 2006 when he brought Barbaro to the Kentucky Derby without having raced for six weeks.

It’s a pretty exclusive club – just 20 living members – and many of them weren’t exactly household names when they showed up in Louisville. But when they left town, they were known far and wide in the world of sports as trainers who somehow got the job done in the game’s most unforgiving crucible. They had won the Kentucky Derby.

Catching up with Mine That Bird

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Mine That Bird won the 2009 Kentucky Derby with Calvin Borel aboard.

Every year, thousands of fans descend upon central Kentucky to admire their favorite Kentucky Derby winners as they enjoy their post-racetrack lives on the farm.

As it turns out, quite a few visit Roswell, N.M., to do the exact same thing.

As travelers enter the southeast New Mexico town, they are greeted by a sign welcoming them to the home of 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, who resides at co-owner Mark Allen’s Double Eagle Ranch.

Oaklawn Park: Borel on verge of 5,000th win as he begins comeback

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Calvin Borel's march to 5,000 wins has been slowed by a broken wrist. He is expected to resume riding this weekend.

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Jockey Calvin Borel is expected to make his comeback this weekend at Oaklawn Park. He is one win away from his 5,000th career victory, a milestone he has been on the verge of since he won an allowance at Fair Grounds in his most recent ride Dec. 28.

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