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Mine That Bird pulls off upset

BY BETH HARRIS / AP Racing Writer Published: May 3, 2009
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Calvin 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.

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.

The gelding ran 1 1/4 miles in 2:02.66 and paid $103.20 to win.

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.

They stayed there the entire race, moving up to 12th after a mile, except for a key late move around a horse in their path.

Pick 6 (6-4-3-3-1/6-8) 5 Correct Paid $1,718.80.

Pick 4 (3-3-1/6-8) 4 Correct Paid $10,221.15.

Pick 3 (3-6-8) 3 Correct Paid $2,905.00.

Pick 3 (OAKS/WOOD/DERBY 6-6-8) 3 Correct Paid $831.60.

Consolation Pick 3 (OAKS/WOOD/DERBY 6-6-13) 3 Correct Paid $6.00

Consolation Pick 3 (OAKS/WOOD/DERBY 6-1-13) 3 Correct Paid $2.10

Consolation Pick 3 (OAKS/WOOD/DERBY 6-1-8) 3 Correct Paid $332.20.

Future Wager (POOL 3 - 24) paid $36.80.

Superfecta (8-16-2-7) paid $557,006.40.

Super High Five (8-16-2-7-11) no winners.

Trifecta (8-16-2) paid $41,500.60.

Consolation Double (OAKS/DERBY 6-13) paid $2.40.

Daily Double (6-8) paid $632.40.

Daily Double (OAKS/DERBY 6-8) paid $248.40.

Exacta (8-16) paid $2,074.80.

Future Wager (EXACTA POOL 2 24-17) paid $256.80.

Future Wager (EXACTA POOL 3 24-16) paid $554.60.

Future Wager (POOL 1 - 24) paid $5.80.

Future Wager (POOL 2 - 24) paid $11.80.

Winner: B G, 3, by Birdstone-Mining My Own

Trainer: Bennie Woolley, Jr.

Scratched: I Want Revenge.


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