Mine That Bird Wins In Derby Upset

by Gabe Bullard on May 2, 2009

Mine That Bird defied the oddsmakers to win the 135th Kentucky Derby Saturday.

Mine That Bird was given 50 to 1 odds before the race, and for most of the Derby, the horse lagged behind the 18 other competitors. In the final stretch, Mine That Bird stuck to the inside track and finished the run nearly seven lengths ahead of the pack.

The victory is the second largest upset in Derby history, even surprising winning jockey Calvin Borel.

“I wasn’t planning on winning it, but he was going to finish somewhere,” says Borel. “Because the way he turned no there about the three and a half and then after that he started picking it up so easy, it was unbelievable.”

Borel rode Street Sense to a Derby victory two years ago. He also rode Rachel Alexandra, the filly that won the Kentucky Oaks the day before the Derby, making him the first jockey since 1993 to have ridden the Oaks and Derby winners in the same year.

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