ATLANTA, Ga. – There was a time not too long ago when the odds to bring racing to Georgia were 50 to 1, the same odds shared by Mine That Bird, an undersized horse who won the Kentucky Derby in 2009. Finding his stride, he seemed to come out of nowhere and pulled off a stunning upset. The Georgia Horse Racing Coalition is honored to announce the Georgia premiere of Mine That Bird's story, “50 to 1” on August 27. This film celebrates an amazing horse who went off at 50-to-1 odds, and won not only the Derby, but hearts around the world.
The exclusive, private screening and reception at the Buckhead Theatre is a fundraiser for the Coalition, a group of leading business and civic leaders who are dedicated to bringing world-class horse racing to Georgia. Current sponsors include: Team Valor International, The Jockey Club, Breeders’ Cup, Adena Springs, Taylor Made, BoardWorks Outdoor Advertising, Gulfstream Park, MDD Forensic Accountants, The Posse Racing Stable.
“50 to 1,” produced and directed by Oscar winner Jim Wilson, is the story of a misfit bunch of cowboys from New Mexico who found themselves on the journey of a lifetime when their crooked-footed Thoroughbred gelding qualified for the most famous horse race in the United States. Mine That Bird went on to enjoy respectable success in the other two legs of the Triple Crown in 2009, finishing second in the Preakness Stakes and third in the Belmont Stakes. When Mine That Bird retired in 2010, the gelding who had cost just $9,500 had amassed $2,228,637 in earnings during his racing career.
“The Georgia Horse Racing Coalition is honored to have Jim Wilson share his great horse racing film with our supporters,” says Dean Reeves, Coalition president and owner of 2013 Breeders' Cup Classic winner, Mucho Macho Man. “There was a time, years ago, when the odds to bring racing to Georgia were 50 to 1, but our grassroots campaign continues to gain statewide support. If I were a handicapper, I’d say the odds now are down to the single digits. This fundraiser is a critical part of our stretch run to ensure that legislation is passed in 2015 allowing for a statewide referendum.”
Studies by the Coalition show that horse racing will bring up to 10,000 jobs to Georgia and nearly $75 million in annual tax revenues that can be used towards education and transportation.
The Georgia Horse Racing Coalition is a non-profit 501 C (6) organization whose mission is to educate Georgians about the value that horse racing will bring to our state by generating jobs, tax revenues and tourism.
The Coalition is working with state leaders to pass legislation allowing pari-mutuel wagering in Georgia in order to encourage and support a statewide racing industry, including a state-of-the-art entertainment complex.