Rick Buckley’s 2009 Kentucky Derby Diary

2009 Kentucky Derby

Mine That Bird with Calvin Borel
Mine That Bird with Calvin Borel

Derby Day Report

Mine That Bird pulled off the second-­biggest upset in Kentucky Derby history with a 50­-1 triumph at Churchill Downs.

Calvin Borel, who won on Street Sense in 2007, drove the outsider to victory by six­-and­three­-quarter lengths ahead of Pioneer of the Nile.

It was the biggest winning margin since Assault won in 1946, and the longest-­odds winner since Donerail in 1913.

Mine That Bird with Calvin Borel

Mine That Bird with Calvin Borel

Mine That Bird with Calvin Borel

and down the stretch he comes...................
“and down the stretch he comes……………….”

Borel was in a familiar place, along the rail and urging Mine That Bird to fly through the mud. Trainer Bennie Woolley Jr. was someplace he never imagined — the Kentucky
Derby, with his horse in the lead.

Mine That Bird with Calvin Borel

Together they pulled off one of the greatest upsets in 135 years of America’s most famous horse race.

“It was a Street Sense move,” Borel said Saturday, referring to the same rail­-hugging ride he gave that colt to win the Derby two years ago. “They can only go so fast, so far. When I hollered at him, he just went on.”

Sent off at 50-­1 odds, Mine That Bird pulled away in the stretch to score a 6 3/4­-length victory at Churchill Downs, the second­-biggest upset in Derby history. His margin was the largest since Assault won by eight lengths in 1946.

The gelding ran 1 1/4 miles on a sloppy dirt track in 2:02.66 and paid $103.20 to win — second-­largest payout in Derby history behind Donerail ($184.90) in 1913.

Mine That Bird with Calvin Borel

Pioneerof the Nile finished second for freshly minted Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, a three­-time Derby winner. Musket Man was another nose back in third, followed by Papa Clem. Friesan Fire, the 7­-2 wagering favorite of 153,563 fans, was 18th in the 19­-horse field.

Earlier, I Want Revenge became the first morning-­line favorite to be scratched on Derby Day after inflammation was detected in the colt’s left front ankle. The injury wasn’t believed to be career-­threatening but worrisome enough to prompt trainer Jeff Mullins and owner David Lanzman to withdraw.

Mine That Bird got squeezed coming out of the starting gate, but Borel took a firm hold and wrestled the horse to the rail while they were in last place.

DERBY DAY PHOTOS

Barbaro statue at the Kentucky Derby

Barbaro statue at the Kentucky Derby
Barbaro statue at the Kentucky Derby
Bob Baffert
Bob Baffert
Dunkirk and Edgar Prado
Dunkirk and Edgar Prado
Friesan Fire with trainer Larry Jones and wife
Friesan Fire with trainer Larry Jones and wife
Join in the Dance (9) and Chris DeCarlo and (10) Regal Ransom with Alan Garcia
Join in the Dance (9) and Chris DeCarlo and (10) Regal Ransom with Alan Garcia

2009 Kentucky Derby

2009 Kentucky Derby

Mine That Bird and Calvin Borel
Mine That Bird and Calvin Borel
Second place finisher Pioneerof the Nile walk over
Second place finisher Pioneerof the Nile walk over
75 year old Thomas McCarthy trainer of General Quarters
75 year old Thomas McCarthy trainer of General Quarters
still no win for Todd Pletcher
Still no win for Todd Pletcher

2009 Kentucky Derby Results & Purse: $2,177,200

1st ­- Mine That Bird

2nd -­ Pioneerof the Nile

3rd -­ Musket Man

4th ­- Papa Clem

2009 Kentucky Derby Payouts:

# Horse Jockey Weight Win Place Show

8 Mine That Bird Borel C H 126 103.20 54.00 25.80

16 Pioneerof the Nile Gomez G K 126 8.40 6.40

2 Musket Man Coa E M 126 12.00

Complete Kentucky Derby Results:

1st -­ Mine That Bird

2nd -­ Pioneerof the Nile

3rd -­ Musket Man

4th ­- Papa Clem

5th ­- Chocolate Candy

6th -­ Summer Bird

7th -­ Join in the Dance

8th ­- Regal Ransom

9th -­ West Side Bernie

10th -­ General Quarters

11th ­- Dunkirk

12th -­ Hold Me Back

13th ­- Advice

14th ­- Desert Party

15th -­ Mr. Hot Stuff

16th -­ Atomic Rain

17th -­ Nowhere to Hide

18th ­- Friesan Fire

19th -­ Flying Private

Biggest Derby payoffs for winners since 1911.

Horse…………Year….Payoff

Donerail ……..1913….$184.90

Mine That Bird ..2009….$103.20

Giacomo……….2005….$102.60

Gallahadian……1940….$72.40

Charismatic……1999….$64.60

 

First Report -­ Oaks Day

Welcome to Louisville, Kentucky. Home of the Louisville Cardinals, the Sweet Sixteen men’s and womens college championship basketball teams, and more importantly this time of year, the world most famous horse race The Kentucky Derby.

Louisville Kentucky

Gallopalooza

The city of Louisville comes to life this time of year to celebrate the “Derby Festival”. Starting in April fans and celebrities alike trickle in from around the globe to play their part in this historic event. Activities include a steamboat race on the Ohio river, balloon races, a world class Texas hold’em tournament and a downtown Derby Festival parade just to name a few. There’s something for everyone in the smorgasbord of activities
divided over a three week period leading up to the race.

Race for the cure

The fun takes on a new level on the Friday before the Kentucky Derby better known as Oaks Day.

Churchill Downs also celebrated giving to others by promoting the Horses for Hope, Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Susan G. Komen founder, Nancy G. Brinker, honored as the very first “First Lady of the Oaks.” Could we be more proud of our founder and of Churchill Downs?

Race for the cure

Selected survivors (right) paraded around the racetrack en route to the turf course, in front of the grandstand, with participants holding hands to create a winners circle of life for the eventual winner of the race to come into.

The $500,000 Kentucky Oaks is the filly version of the the Derby contested at 1 1/8 mile on the main track.

This year’s running of the Oaks was nothing short of spectacular as the superstar filly Rachel Alexander crushed her competition by an astonishing 20 and 1/4 lengths in one of the most impressive performances in recent racing history.

Rachel Alexandra cruised past Gabby’s Golden Gal on the far turn then poured it on as she entered the stretch, extending the lead as 100,000 spectators roared with every stride. As she crossed the finish Jockey Calvin Borel patted her on the neck a few times and blew a kiss to the crowd.

Rachel Alexandra ­ 2009 Oaks

Rachel Alexandra ­2009 Oaks
Rachel Alexandra ­2009 Oaks

“I’ve never been on a horse that good, to tell you the truth,” said Borel, who won the 2007 Kentucky Derby aboard Street Sense. “As fast as you want to go, you can go,” Borel said. “If I’d have reached and grabbed her by the 16th pole, she’d have went a lot farther and broke the track record,” Borel said.

When Dolphus C. Morrison the owner of the star filly was asked whether he should have run her against the boys in tomorrows Kentucky Derby he exclaimed, “The Kentucky Derby is for the boys; the Kentucky Oaks is for the girls.”

Owner Dolphus Morrison (left) and Trainer Hal Wiggensrt

As the last race for the day was ending the parties were starting. From the exclusive Barnstable Brown Gala, hosted by the doublemint twins from the 1970s to the Derby Spectacular, hosted by Kim Kardashian A listed celebrities came out in droves.

From legendary football players like Warren Moon to Hollywood stars like Mekhi Phifer and Joe Piscipo everyone was on deck. Kim Kardashian worked her magic on the runway as the fans went wild.

Warren Moon with his wife Mandy, left, Joe Piscopo comedian actor, center and Mekhi Phifer from the ER TV show, right

It’s no wonder people start booking hotels a year in advance. Louisvile, Kentucky, There’s no better place to be as the Kentucky Derby approaches!

PHOTOS BY: Rick Buckley

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