Only other year dominated by first-crop 3-year-olds since 1973
Steve Haskin shares memories of covering the Kentucky Derby
Three-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel has decided to retire, effective immediately, according to his agent, retired jockey Larry Melancon.
Jockey Casey Lambert called it a career after taking the Thoroughbred riding title during Ruidoso Downs' summer meet, which concluded on Sept. 7.
Jockey Casey Lambert, who turns 50 Aug. 24 and has won nearly 3,400 races on Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses, plans to retire from riding when the summer horse racing season ends Sept. 7.
Lynn and Kathy Jones have been in the horse business for 35 years. The Central Kentucky couple will enjoy their trip to Churchill Downs this year as the breeders of Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) contender Birdatthewire.
Like Mine That Bird's struggles in the winter and spring before his upset victory in the 2009 Kentucky Derby, the movie that tells his story also plods along early, seemingly unsure about what story it wants to tell. read blog
- By BloodHorse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, International, Breeders' Cup, Triple Crown, Northeast Region, Midwest Region
Ten horses and people have been elected to the Hall of Fame this year, with half coming on the Thoroughbred side. The Thoroughbred inductees are Mine That Bird, Bob Anderson, Jim Bannon, Stewart Elliott, and Roger Laurin.
Dortmund, winner of the Los Alamitos Futurity (gr. I) and early favorite for the 2015 classics, was an oversized youngster who was difficult to get sold, according to breeder Emilie Fojan.
It's last call for Tom Durkin. The voice of horse racing on the New York circuit is silencing himself Sunday, Aug. 31, retiring after a 43-year career in which he also announced Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup races.
Oscar winner Jim Wilson's latest film, "50 to 1," the story of Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird and his New Mexico cowboy trainer and owners, is opening in dozens of new states.
- By Frank Angst
Everyone loves a longshot story and fans swapped their best memories of Mine That Bird's improbable Derby score on Friday, April 18 at Keeneland. read blog
Keeneland Race Course has scheduled a long list of special events that will be offered during the 15-day spring meet at the Lexington track from April 4-25.
A couple of years ago, I wrote the back story of Mine That Bird's amazing Triple Crown journey. Now, with the motion picture "50-1" having its premiere in Albuquerque, N.M. Wednesday, March 19, I have added to it read blog
Mining My Own, dam of 2009 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Mine That Bird and 2012 Kentucky Derby runner-up and three-time grade I winner Dullahan, gave birth to a bay filly from the first crop of Bodemeister.
Mine That Bird, winner of the 2009 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) will return to greet fans at the Kentucky Derby Museum this spring.
Donegal Racing confirmed Oct. 14 the retirement of multiple grade I winner Dullahan, due to a tendon injury sustained after the colt's last start in the TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar Aug. 25.
A three-time winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), Calvin Borel, 46, ranks 28th all-time among leading riders by wins, with 5,031 from 33,980 mounts.
Kentucky Derby winners Funny Cide (left) and Mine That Bird, in paddock at Churchill Downs. Watch Video
Now that the post positions have been drawn, Steve comments on the pace scenario. Plus Funny Cide and Mine That Bird. read blog
Rudy Rodriguez would like to celebrate the 10th anniversary of New York-based gelding Funny Cide winning the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) by sending out New York-based gelding Vyjack to a Derby victory.
Mine That Bird, winner of the 2009 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will arrive at the Kentucky Derby Museum for an extended stay April 15 at 11 a.m.
A look back at the career of Calvin Borel after his 5,000th win. View Slideshow
Upset winner of the 2009 Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) Mine That Bird will make the Kentucky Derby Museum his home during the spring meet at Churchill Downs this year.
Mining My Own, dam of Mine That Bird and Dullahan, has a new home at Ben and Elaine Walden's Pauls Mill following a recent acquisition that saw Pauls Mill purchase half interest in the 11-year-old Smart Strike mare.
- By Steve Haskin
A full-length motion picture titled "Wild Ride" about the improbable story of Mine That Bird is scheduled to be released in 2013. This is one person's behind-the-scenes look at the Mine That Bird story. read blog
Racing Officials at Sunland Park have renamed the Borderland Derby in honor of Mine That Bird, upset winner of the 2009 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Trainers and owners share mixed opinions on the points-based system that will be implemented this fall for the Kentucky Derby and Oaks in 2013, but all agree the newly-announced system could use some tweaking.
Lenny Shulman talks to Chip Woolley, who trained Mine That Bird to win the 2009 Kentucky Derby. Sponsored by Three Chimneys. Watch Video
Dullahan is the now the only likely starter for the Kentucky Derby with two grade I wins.
Mine That Bird, winner of the 2009 Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum Brands (gr. I) and living in retirement in New Mexico, is a half brother to 2012 Derby hopeful Dullahan.
"Unbelievable" is how Phil Needham describes his association with Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) winner Dullahan and that colt's half brother, 2009 Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Mine That Bird.
Dullahan, with big strides down the center of the racetrack, ran down champion Hansen in the late stages to win the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) April 14 at Keeneland.
The Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale's reputation has improved dramatically in recent years.
Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort will offer financial incentives designed to attract graded-stakes winners for the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. II) on Aug. 6.
When it comes to finding Derby winners, the best prospects are in other places... Read Blog
Mine That Bird, winner of the 2009 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at 50-1 but winless since, will bid farewell to his fans at Churchill Downs Nov. 28, closing day of the track's fall meet.
Photos from the 2009 Kentucky Derby, won by Mine That Bird. View Slideshow
Mine That Bird, who stunned the racing world when he won the 2009 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at 50-1 odds, has been retired.
Mine That Bird worked three furlongs from the gate at Churchill Downs Oct. 31 as he attempts to get back on the winning track in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile.
The main focus this year, of course, will be on "Mighty Mare"--Zenyatta--who hopes to conclude her amazing career in the Classic with her 20th victory in as many starts, and the French femme fatale, Goldikova.
Double Eagle Ranch and Buena Suerte Equine's Mine That Bird, winless since his huge 50-1 upset victory in the 2009 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), worked five-eighths of a mile in 1:00 at Churchill Downs.
D. Wayne Lukas is pointing Mine That Bird to the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) on Nov. 6 at Churchill Downs, though he is not confident the gelding will draw in.
The auction will be held Oct. 25-27 in Lexington, with each session beginning at 10 a.m.
A half brother to Mine That Bird was bought for $250,000 by Jerry Crawford, manager of Donegal Racing, at Keeneland Sept. 16. He was consigned by Bona Terra Stud, agent for Halecky and Needham.
Jason, Tom, and James Scully of brisnet.com preview the Woodward Handicap (gr. I) and the Forego Handicap (gr. I). Watch Video
Quality Road will try to rebound from his narrow Whitney Handicap (gr. I) defeat last month when headlining the field in the $750,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 4 at Saratoga.
The Birdstone gelding hasn't won since scoring an upset in last year's Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I).
The former Derby winner is not at a grade I level right now. Read Blog
Quality Road and Blame, sitting atop the national handicap division for much of the year, square off in what shapes up as a superb lineup for Saratoga's $750,000 Whitney Invitational Handicap (gr. I) Aug. 7.
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