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"50 to 1" (NM's Greatest Horse Story Now a Movie)
The Albuquerque Journal ^ | March 16, 2014 | Adrian Gomez

Posted on 03/16/2014 5:20:51 PM PDT by CedarDave

Mine That Bird beat the odds 50 to 1 when the gelding came from behind to win the Kentucky Derby in 2009.

The win thrust the horse into the national spotlight, along with his New Mexico-based owners and trainer.

Five years later, there is more spotlight on the way as Oscar-winner Jim Wilson and Faith Conroy are bringing the story to the big screen with the film “50 to 1.”

“50 to 1″ is the story of Mark Allen, from Double Eagle Ranch in Roswell, who bought the Canadian gelding in late 2008 with his business partner Dr. Leonard Blach. The duo later enlisted Raton-born Bennie “Chip” Woolley Jr. to train the horse.

Woolley has operated a stable based at Sunland Park Racetrack in southern New Mexico since 1991.

The film, which was made largely in New Mexico, will have its world premiere at the KiMo Theatre on Wednesday and Mine That Bird will be there.

The Derby winner is now retired and living in Roswell.

The stars of the film, Skeet Ulrich, Christian Kane, William Devane, Todd Lowe, Conroy and Wilson, as well as jockey Calvin Borel, who plays himself in the film, will attend the premiere. The group is riding across the country – from California to Kentucky – in a bus where they are screening the film and meeting fans.

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TOPICS: Pets/Animals; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: minethatbird; newmexico
Trailer:

50 to 1 the movie - Official Trailer

"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.

Actual Derby footage.

2009 Kentucky Derby - Mine That Bird (2nd biggest upset in Derby history)

If you go “50 to 1″ will open in theaters across New Mexico on Friday, March 21. Visit 50to1themovie.com for a complete listing of theaters.

Rated PG for "some suggestive material and a bar brawl." Still sounds like a great movie to see.

1 posted on 03/16/2014 5:20:51 PM PDT by CedarDave
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To: CedarDave

Sea Biscuit II. Whatever sells...


2 posted on 03/16/2014 5:21:27 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Maybe, but don’t have to go back 75+ years.


3 posted on 03/16/2014 5:26:19 PM PDT by CedarDave (Obama - "That's the good thing as a President, I can do whatever I want" (02/10/14 declaration))
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To: CedarDave

Tom Durkin, the race caller, is a terrific talent but he struggled with that race. It was noticeable but such a great race. He didn’t mention the winner until it was too late in a sense.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_jAM7vBJY4


4 posted on 03/16/2014 5:26:49 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: LegendHasIt; leapfrog0202; Santa Fe_Conservative; DesertDreamer; OneWingedShark; CougarGA7; ...

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5 posted on 03/16/2014 5:27:09 PM PDT by CedarDave (Obama - "That's the good thing as a President, I can do whatever I want" (02/10/14 declaration))
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To: CedarDave

I’m not disapproving, mind you, just philosophically non-committal. It’s an excuse for a feel-good story, probably with some exaggeration, and it’s usually a commercially viable genre.


6 posted on 03/16/2014 5:27:51 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: CedarDave

Can’t wait to see it. I bet on that race with my young son (in my name) and he won big bucks. So fun. Borel playing himself is great, who else could do it, and maybe William Devane can stop selling reverse mortgages and catheters?


7 posted on 03/16/2014 5:33:03 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Oh, lighten up; the world needs a good horse story!


8 posted on 03/16/2014 5:38:33 PM PDT by Segovia
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To: Pearls Before Swine
You nailed it - from Producer-Director Wilson:

“This is a story that inspires many people,” Wilson says. “It’s about overcoming the odds and finding a new path. We tried to keep the movie as close to real life as we could. Of course there are some embellishments, but the story remains pretty close to the real thing.”

9 posted on 03/16/2014 5:41:27 PM PDT by CedarDave (Obama - "That's the good thing as a President, I can do whatever I want" (02/10/14 declaration))
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To: CedarDave

Umm...I think that refers to Exterminator. He was a gelding, too. Won in 1918.


10 posted on 03/16/2014 5:42:08 PM PDT by SatinDoll (A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN IS BORN IN THE USA OF USA CITIZEN PARENTS)
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To: Yaelle

I won on that race, too. It was a fun race!


11 posted on 03/16/2014 5:56:35 PM PDT by berdie
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Not much else you can do with a gelding. ;-)


12 posted on 03/16/2014 5:59:15 PM PDT by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: Segovia
Often fame is fleeting - after winning the Derby and coming in as a top three winner in the other two Triple Crown races, Woolley was replaced as trainer in May 2010 (one year after the Derby win):

'Mine That Bird' Gets New Trainer .

It is about the money, after all. Hopefully Woolley gets a cut of the earnings from the movie.

13 posted on 03/16/2014 6:08:50 PM PDT by CedarDave (Obama - "That's the good thing as a President, I can do whatever I want" (02/10/14 declaration))
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To: CedarDave
bump


14 posted on 03/16/2014 6:16:41 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: berdie

I went to the races a couple times at Zia Park in Hobbs a few years back... never saw quarterhorses racing before... now THAT was fun!


15 posted on 03/16/2014 6:17:46 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: CedarDave; Tijeras_Slim; elkfersupper; Constitution Day
"50 to 1" is about a misfit group of New Mexico cowboys

And really ... IS THERE ANY OTHER KIND OF NM COWBOY?


16 posted on 03/16/2014 6:19:18 PM PDT by martin_fierro (WTFIIWNM?)
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To: martin_fierro

Is that a Land Shark? Or a Land Dolphin which favors desert regions? :)


17 posted on 03/16/2014 6:33:54 PM PDT by berdie
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To: Rodamala

I love watching horses race. I must say I prefer thoroughbreds over quarterhorses, but either will do in a pinch.


18 posted on 03/16/2014 6:36:41 PM PDT by berdie
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To: CedarDave

Thanks for the ping Dave! Hubby heard them discussing the movie on the Stig show the other evening and thought it sounded good. I think we’ll go see it!


19 posted on 03/16/2014 6:40:12 PM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: Yaelle

I placed a small bet on MTB as I normally do on the longshot. Net my win against the losses on my other bets, I didn’t come away with much. But it makes the race more fun. Can’t wait to see the movie!


20 posted on 03/16/2014 6:47:20 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: CedarDave

Ever think it might be because the horse didn’t do much after that?

That’s right. Dismal.


21 posted on 03/16/2014 8:14:20 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: CedarDave

I will see it if only to support racing.

I’m glad it’s not about Funny Cide. Then I might not go even if.


22 posted on 03/16/2014 8:15:20 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: SatinDoll

Huh? Seabiscuit was 75 years ago, not Exterminator.


23 posted on 03/16/2014 8:29:57 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

OK. So my math is off.

Exterminator, better known as “Old Bones” because he was so boney, was placed in the running of the Kentucky Derby as a replacement. His owner was going to run another horse but that colt had sickened. When he won, Churchill Downs was silent. No one knew who he was.

That was nearly a hundred years ago.


24 posted on 03/16/2014 8:57:45 PM PDT by SatinDoll (A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN IS BORN IN THE USA OF USA CITIZEN PARENTS)
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To: SatinDoll

I have the book “Old Bones” from when I was in elementary school, about 5 decades ago. I would like to watch that movie, too. Loved Secretariat but can’t find it in widescreen. Have to see the landscape. Own a couple of other horse movies, but “Man from Snowy River” and “Dances with Wolves” have buckskins in them so I tend to lean towards them being smart only from the movies. My absolute favorite breed is the “Hanoverian.” Saw a young mare, 4 yr old, and fell in love.


25 posted on 03/16/2014 9:23:32 PM PDT by huldah1776
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To: CedarDave

Where do horse owners come up with these stupid names? Why can’t a racehorse just be named Fireball, or Lightning?


26 posted on 03/16/2014 10:44:20 PM PDT by 60Gunner (Fight with your head high, or grovel with your head low.)
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To: SatinDoll

But I still don’t know what your reply was about.

The biggest longshot winning the Derby was Donerail, a few years prior to Ex. If that is what you were getting at.


27 posted on 03/17/2014 5:01:16 AM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: 60Gunner

They have been, believe me.

But there are millions of them, and strict rules for about 100 years about repeat names. So many people combine sire and dam for names, as in this horse. Yes, many dumb names, but as I’ve been told many times by other fans, “it’s clever”.

Go back to the era I’m studying and the parents all have names the same as others of the time. It is very confusing. Yes, I did study then on-rules era, and it is a bear getting through all the typical repeat names.


28 posted on 03/17/2014 5:06:25 AM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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