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Breeders Cup 2015

Mine That Bird Movie

Mine That Bird Movie

Mine That Bird Movie in the Works

Plans are in the works for a movie about Mine That Bird, the New Mexico-based thoroughbred that won the 2009 Kentucky Derby as a 50-1 longshot.

The director will be Jim Wilson, the Academy Award-winning producer of "Dances With Wolves." The production team also includes Santa Fe resident Tony Mark, who was executive producer for the Academy Award-winner, "The Hurt Locker."

Among those being considered for roles are Mine That Bird himself and three-time Kentucky Derby winning jockey Calvin Borel.

The film will follow the adventures of an undersized horse and his cowboy owners and trainer. The horse is owned by Dr. Leonard Blach of Roswell and trained by Chip Wooley of Bloomfield.

Preproduction begins in February.

Trainer Chip Wooley

Trainer Chip Wooley
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@momscommand - I agree. There's no reason for the horse to go south as he did unless there were health issues and mismanagement. And I definitely agree with the latter.
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  • blooy · well put fonnerparkfilly. · 2143 days ago
  • icyhotboo · unfortunately he was not the first and won't be the last.nice post. · 2142 days ago
I think it is such a good idea! Thoroughbred racing movies have so many times been about the really great horses like Seabiscuit, Secretariat, etc. - which make great movies -- but it's great to see a movie about the little guy coming out of no where with such courage to compete against the biggies and win! I will be first in line to buy a ticket! I fell in love with Mine that Bird! And he proved that he was no one-time wonder when he still came in second in the Preakness and third in the Belmont Stakes, placing in all three Triple Crown races!!!
  • momscommand · I am not sure what that will accomplish. His true story would be interesting since I can't imagine how he crashed and burned so completely. Here is an athlete who placed in all the TC races but was unable to perform after that. I suspect exhaustion, poor health and mismanagement. · 2173 days ago
  • humphrey · many horses, as my good friend always states (an old school trainer) are "rushed into mediocrity before anyone knows how to properly manage them." · 2173 days ago