Winner of the 2009 Kentucky Derby, Mine That Bird, arrived at the Kentucky Derby Museum on Monday, April 15th. He will serve as the museum’s resident Thoroughbred through the July 4th holiday.
A crowd gathered to watch him unload in front of the Museum near the Barbaro statue. He was led past the crowd to the barn area behind the Museum where he was introduced to his new roommate, the Museum's miniature horse, Winston.
Visitors can see Mine That Bird in the museum’s stable free of charge during normal business hours.
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.
After winning the Kentucky Derby with rail-skimming jockey Calvin Borel, Mine That Bird went on to run second in the Preakness and third in the last leg of the Triple Crown, the 2009 Belmont stakes.