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Mine That Bird film, “50 to 1” opens in March


Mine That Bird, the underdog racehorse that won the 2009 Kentucky Derby, is the focus of a new Hollywood film “50 to 1” that opens in theaters March 21, 2014.  The news was announced by “50 to 1” director, producer, co-writer and racehorse owner Jim Wilson (Oscar®-winning producer of “DANCES WITH WOLVES”). Starring in the film are Skeet Ulrich (Jericho, “SCREAM,” “AS GOOD AS IT GETS”), Christian Kane (Leverage), William Devane (24, “THE DARK KNIGHT RISES”), Todd Lowe (True Blood, Gilmore Girls) and newcomer Madelyn Deutch, as well as real-life jockey Calvin Borel, who plays himself in the picture. Faith Conroy co-wrote the script with Wilson.

The film, which is rooted in New Mexico and shot in over 30 locations throughout the state—from Santa Fe to Las Cruces—will kick off the theatrical release with the world premiere in Albuquerque at the historic KiMo Theatre on March 19th.

“50 to 1” is about a misfit group of New Mexico cowboys who find themselves on the journey of a lifetime when their crooked-footed racehorse qualifies for the Kentucky Derby. The cowboys face a series of mishaps on their way to Churchill Downs, becoming the ultimate underdogs in a final showdown with the world’s racing elite.

“I had been waiting for a great racehorse story for a very long time,” Wilson said, noting he had read numerous horse racing scripts over the years, “but when I watched what unfolded at the 2009 Kentucky Derby, I was stunned. I’ve always been a fan of true underdog stories and after meeting the owners, trainer and finally Bird himself, I was hooked. This story had all the cinematic elements you could ask for. It’s been a real adventure and one I am proud to share with the world.” 

Wilson won the Academy Award® for Best Picture for DANCES WITH WOLVES, which he produced. He also produced THE BODYGUARD, WYATT EARP, SWING VOTE, MR. BROOKS and MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE. Wilson’s previous directing credits include HEAD ABOVE WATER, WHIRLYGIRL and the critically-acclaimed documentary about renowned jockey Laffit Pincay, Jr., “LAFFIT: ALL ABOUT WINNING.” 


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Goblin--MTB is on my bucket list to visit in '14! Just 1/2 days' drive :)
That would be fun to attend the premier, yukichan! MTB probably will be there; apparently Dr. Blach allows visitors to stop by to visit any time. He says he is still surprised by the number of calls, visits, questions he receives on the little gelding.
then once washed up, D. Wayne ground what was left to pieces
Some of the scenes for 50-1 were shot near to where I live-- at the former Santa Fe Downs. Cool seeing it "dressed up" to look like Churchill Downs. I am trying to secure tickets to the premier in ABQ!! My kind of "red carpet" -- Mind That Bird is rumored to be in attendance. :)
He also has the distinction of finishing last in the BC Juvenile, and goes on to win the Derby.
shh! don't tell anyone 6 of 8 of 50-1's greeat grands were champions!
Can't wait to see this movie,MTB team really deserve it all the way especially the horse .. small but such a big heart and will to win
Apparently the story garnered the interest of some already; someone in particular named Jim Wilson. If the Oscar winning producer of Dances With Wolves, The Bodyguard, Message in a Bottle and other films, finds MTB interesting enough for this specific work, then I want to see the result. The factual intricacy of this colt's unlikely history should transfer well to the screen if nicely written and acted. Mr. Wilson wrote, directed, and produced "50 to 1".
There are many that like MTB. I find it a tremendous story.Unfortunately sentiments of people like Afleet have diminished his abilities on the race track.Yes he was 50-1 or so. But in his Triple Crown run,he proved to be one of the top and competetive 3yos' of his generation. Do not know why this guy never got the love and attention from the main streeters. Maybe it was the unknown trainer or owners. But for those that look at the Romantic angle in horse racing.This guys accomplishments should of been grasped alot higher. My funniest and best memory of his Derby win,was the interview with the trainer after the win. All the commentator was focusing on was the van ride from N.M and the trainer in a cast due to a broken leg.To paraphrase his response. Can we talk about the horse and what he just did. Even then,they disrespected MTB and his connections.
They will ned LOADS of finctional injections to this story to garner any interest at all.
MTB in many ways mirrors Morvich the 1922 KD winner. He was the top two yr old of 1921 and was undefeated coming into the KD. He won in 1922 becoming the first California bred to win and never won another race after that.
Excellent point, cocoa! He was indeed, and his rider in Canada was Chantal Sutherland.
While Mine That Bird was 50/1, and he was physically little, it should not be forgotten he was voted Canadian Champion 2yo.
I hope this film is successful. I know MTB is not in the upper echelon of Derby winners. But what he represents is the true spirit of the KD: the little guy has as much of a chance to win the most prestigious race in America as the multi millionaire. In some cases, more of a chance. I am sure Matt Winn is smiling as the legendary race he created lives on.
Having gone to Saratoga Race track many times, I am familiar with and love the story of Mine That Bird. Add the wonderful cast of Christian Kane, Skeet Ulrich and William Devane along with Jim Wilson directing, you definitely have a hit movie!
round of applause for papillon....very well stated. i'm a fan of that little horse. actually one of my favorite racing moments.
the worse derby winner ever? ran a close second in the preakness to rachel alexandra and strong 3rd in the belmont. that's better than most derby winners. that tiny little guy was the ultimate outsider--for 6 weeks in the late spring of 2009, a $9,000 horse out ran his purchase price, his pedigree, his size (barely 15 hands high), and everybody in the world's expectations. if he went to old friends or the ky horse park, i bet he'd be one of the most popular residents.
If the film makers can capture even a portion of the reality of the convergence of events that occurred in order for this Derby to happen, then the movie will be very good!
I am hearing great things about this movie! I am already a big fan of Christian Kane and Skeet Ulrich, and Mine That Bird has already won my heart. I have also heard that Calvin Borel does an amazing job, so I am very excited to see this movie.
Anxiously awaiting this movie! great story.. great cast and awesome directors/producers... cast #ChristianKane is my fav.. and how can you go wrong with the producer of DANCES WITH WOLVES .. #JimWilson directing!

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