Public Invited To Billy The Kid Casino To Meet “50 to1” Cast And Filmmakers
RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM – March 12, 2014 – The cast and filmmakers of soon-to-be-released film “50-1” ‑ the story of Mine That Bird’s improbable journey from New Mexico to the Kentucky Derby winner’s circle ‑ will meet with the public in the Billy’s Sports Bar and Grill on Tuesday, March 18 at 3 p.m. for one hour.
“50 to 1″ is about a misfit group of New Mexico cowboys who find themselves on the journey of a lifetime when their crooked-footed racehorse qualifies for the Kentucky Derby. Based on the inspiring true story of Mine That Bird, the cowboys face a series of mishaps on their way to Churchill Downs, becoming the ultimate underdogs in a final showdown with the world’s racing elite.
(Chip Woolley, played by Skeet Ulrich, has a heart-to-heart talk with racehorse Mine That Bird in a scene from the upcoming movie “50 to 1.”)
December 5, 2013 – The movie “50 to 1,” which tells the story of the Kentucky Derby winner will hit theaters in March 21 in New Mexico. But first it will have its premiere in the Duke City on March 19 at the KiMo Theatre.
“We decided to open the film in New Mexico because it’s a New Mexico story,” said Jim Wilson, an Oscar winning producer and director of the film. “It’s about a very special group of people and their little racehorse who went up against impossible odds and ended up shocking the entire racing world with a victory like I’ve never seen before.”
Gonamakeyoureyesblue, an unraced full brother to champion and leading sire Jess Louisiana Blue, sired his first stakes winner on Saturday when Gonna Make You Royal won the $20,000 By By JJ Stakes (R) at Ruidoso Downs.
RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM – June15, 2013 – The Kristopher Cordova-owned and -trained Heza Wild Dragon showed he could have a very lucrative future with a late-running win in the $356,980 Mountain Top Quarter Horse Futurity for New Mexico-breds on Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.
Louisvill, KY – May 4, 2013 – Mine That Bird, the 2009 Kentucky Derby winner and the inspiration for the upcoming movie 50 to 1 isn’t out to stud. He’s a gelding, so that’s not really a possibility. Maybe that’s why he was in such a bad mood, thrashing around in his trailer, well — barn.
Two Kentucky Derby winners return to the Twin Spires: Funny Cide, on the 10th anniversary of his win, and Mine That Bird, one of the biggest upsets, together in the Paddock. Trainer Chip Woolley and Owner Jack Knowlton discuss their Derby picks for the 139th Kentucky Derby.
Louisville, KY, April 15, 2013 – Mine That Bird, winner of the 2009 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands G1, will make the Kentucky Derby Museum his home during the spring meet at Churchill Downs this year. He will serve as the museum’s resident Thoroughbred through the July 4th holiday.
Mine That Bird will arrive at the Kentucky Derby Museum April 15 at 11 a.m. for an extended stay. Trainer Chip Woolley along with owners Mark Allen and Dr. Leonard Blach will also be on hand for the arrival. Allen and Blach personally drove Mine That Bird 1,200 miles to the museum.
March 21, 2013 – When horse racing season kicked off at Sunland Park last December, local media were treated to a rare talk with Hollywood producer Jim Wilson. You may have seen one of Wilson’s past movies like “Dances with Wolves” or “The Bodyguard.” It turns out that Wilson is big into horse racing and was really taken with the story of Mine That Bird, a New Mexico-trained horse that won the Kentucky Derby in 2009 with 50-to-1 odds.
March 8, 2013 – Upset winner of the 2009 Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) Mine That Bird will make the Kentucky Derby Museum his home during the spring meet at Churchill Downs this year.
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.
Roswell, NM – August 25, 2012 – Production is set to begin in September on “50 to 1,” an independent movie about 2009 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) upset winner Mine That Bird.
Jim Wilson, who produced “Dances With Wolves,” “The Bodyguard,” and “Wyatt Earp” will produce and direct the movie, which will be in production from early September through October in various locations in New Mexico.
Farmington, NM – April 29, 2012 – A sharp break from her rail post helped Little Bit Southern score a neck victory in Sunday’s $85,000 Four Corners Senora Stakes (RG3) for New Mexico-bred distaffers at SunRay Park.
Prepped by Victor Rodriguez for owner Edilberto Estrada, Little Bit Southern covered her 400-yard trip in :19.362 and earned a 94 speed index. The $51,000 winner’s share of the purse increased her earnings to $247,900 from 32 starts.
Even though she broke from post 1, Little Bit Southern was positioned in the middle of the track at the wire.
ALBUQUERQUE, June 22, 2012 – New Mexico’s most famous racehorse will be the namesake of a race at Sunland Park. The state Racing Commission on Thursday approved a change that will help keep the 2009 Kentucky Derby winner in the public eye.
A race formerly called the Borderland Derby will become the Mine That Bird Derby in 2013. The race for 3-year-olds will be run on Feb. 23 at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino.
It will be the 13th running of the race, which covers a mile and a sixteenth. The race will have a guaranteed purse of $130,000, the commission staff said.
Roswell, N.M. – Nov. 4, 2011 – People say the story of Mine That Bird is the real life story of “Rocky”, except this “Rocky” has four legs. Against all odds, the remarkable little horse from Roswell, New Mexico became the winner of the 2009, 135th Kentucky Derby. Picked to run dead last, with odds against him at 50:1, Mine That Bird’s victory is the second largest upset in Kentucky Derby history.
Mine That Bird’s owners, Mark Allen and Leonard “Doc” Blach, intend to inspire readers around the world this holiday season with the Bird’s positive story of possibility, “if you believe in it and work at it, anything is possible.” The owners are releasing an inspirational and entertaining graphic novel, At The Gate, which was written by Rod McCall and Price Hall.