Mine That Bird Wins Kentucky Derby Proving Long Shots Are Winners!
The Kentucky Derby is all about MAGIC. 153,563 people(Famous ones included) show up at Churchill Downs in Louisville the first Saturday in May each year dressed up in all their hat-topped finery to witness with their own eyes...MAGIC.
Soggy from the rain, Kentucky Derby 2009 did not disappoint.
Mine That Bird and home town jockey Calvin Borel proved to the world that the long shot was just as good or better.
Mine That Bird was an inexpensive yearling that was bought for $9500. This may sound expensive if you are not in the Thoroughbred horse racing business. Compare this to millions that buyers spend on these animals. I once saw one sell for 6.1 million at Keeneland Sales! So $9500 sounds cheap compared to that.
Mine That Bird was brought into Kentucky for the Derby from New Mexico on a 21 hour truck ride. He had never raced in mud and ran 4th in his last race.
Calvin Borel is a 40 year old jockey with an eighth-grade education but hard working and a never quit attitude.
Combined, they stunned the Kentucky Derby crowd that had planned on the favorites winning. These were fabulous horses that millions of dollars had been invested and the most expensive of training with the flavor of the month jockeys on top. The most exquisite Mint Julep eye candy!
With six and three quarters smokin lengths to spare, Mine That Bird flew at warp speed through the other horses along the rail, past the finish line and into history. It was unbelieveable how fast it went down!
As they were ponied back along the grandstand, the jockey, Calvin Borel was ecstatically screaming with fists pumping into the air.
Beyond him, I could see that most of the well heeled crowd was not. In shock that they had bet on the wrong horse. Disappointed that they had been duped into following what was hyped and lavishly presented as potential winners.
What Calvin and Mine That Bird did was prove was that it doesn't take loads of money, fame or support to win. It only takes heart and luck. Simple stuff.
America is like that. We live in a fabulous country and constantly think we aren't good enough, aren't rich or have the education with degrees until we are shown that it's not important. The inexperienced, dollar-lite and under-educated can still win here. We should feel proud that we can achieve anything we put our thought and mind to.
Magic can happen if you choose to believe.
Lizette Fitzpatrick- Principal Broker at Lizette Realty.
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