Skip to comments."50 to 1" (NM's Greatest Horse Story Now a Movie)
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.
(Excerpt) Read more at abqjournal.com ...
"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.
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.
Sea Biscuit II. Whatever sells...
Maybe, but don’t have to go back 75+ years.
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.
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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.
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?
Oh, lighten up; the world needs a good horse story!
This is a story that inspires many people, Wilson says. Its 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.
Umm...I think that refers to Exterminator. He was a gelding, too. Won in 1918.
I won on that race, too. It was a fun race!
Not much else you can do with a gelding. ;-)
It is about the money, after all. Hopefully Woolley gets a cut of the earnings from the movie.
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!
And really ... IS THERE ANY OTHER KIND OF NM COWBOY?
Is that a Land Shark? Or a Land Dolphin which favors desert regions? :)
I love watching horses race. I must say I prefer thoroughbreds over quarterhorses, but either will do in a pinch.
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!
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!
Ever think it might be because the horse didn’t do much after that?
That’s right. Dismal.
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.
Huh? Seabiscuit was 75 years ago, not Exterminator.
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.
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.
Where do horse owners come up with these stupid names? Why can’t a racehorse just be named Fireball, or Lightning?
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.
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.
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