This one still makes me sick. I was told to put this horse in an exacta by my father and simply threw it out. I cashed a ticket across the board for Ice Box.
The '09 Derby favorite, I want Revenge, never made it to race day, as trainer Jeff Mullins discovered a hot spot on the horse's left front ankle.
With a wet track expected, Mullins and owner David Lanzman did not want to take any chances, scratching the horse.
A field of 19 three-year-olds went to post but Because of overnight rains, the track was rated sloppy for the Derby.
Friesan Fire, winner of the LeComte, Risen Star, and Louisiana Derby, was the 7-2 post time favorite for trainer Larry Jones. Dunkirk, trained by Todd Pletcher was the 5-1 second choice.
At the start, longshot Join in the Dance bumped Mine That Bird and like most longshot speed horses in the Derby, went to the lead over the sloppy track. Jockey Garrett Gomez kept Pioneer of the Nile up close to the pace in third.
Favorite Friesan Fire was stuck in traffic at seventh. Veteran Edgar Prado settled Dunkirk, who stumbled badly at the start, into tenth.
Entering the stretch, Join in the Dance continued to lead through a mile in 1:37.49 but like all longshot field setters, tired and eventually finished seventh.
Pioneer of the Nile briefly inherited the lead at the 3/16 pole, but this was short lived.
Calvin Borel, who won the Derby in 2007, was aboard Mine That Bird. The second-longest shot on the board at 50-1, sat in last for the first six furlongs saving ground the whole way. Bird was as far back as 21 lengths.
However, on the turn, and with ease, the longshot began to pick off horses one-by-one.
So easy and smooth was Borel that if you listen to race on the video above, the race announcer on NBC does not even notice the move Borel made with Bird.
In fact, he missed it completely and in my opinion delivered the worst call of a Kentucky Derby ever on network television.
Borel continued passing on the inside until he found a narrow opening between Join in the Dance and the rail and took off to take the lead.
Mine That Bird would never be challenged continuing to pull away and the second biggest longshot in Derby history, won by 6 3/4 lengths over Pioneer of the Nile in a time of 2:02.66.
The winning payoff of $103.20 is the second highest in Derby history.
The day after his Derby win, Mine That Bird's connections were uncertain if they would come back two weeks later and try for the Preakness Stakes. They planned to wait and assess the horse's condition first.
It was announced on May 4, 2009, on ESPN that Mine That Bird would run in the Preakness.
In a twist straight from the popular book, Men are From Mars and Women are from Venus, Borel opted to ride the filly, Rachel Alexandra, which was his regular mount.
In the Preakness, Rachel Alexandra, who had won the Kentucky Oaks by 20 lengths with Borel aboard, was the favorite.
Mine That Bird was ridden by Mike Smith and finished in second place, a length behind Rachel Alexandra.
Mine That Bird ran in the Belmont Stakes on June 6, 2009, where Calvin Borel once again rode him. After starting last, he began moving up along the backside.
After taking the lead at the top of the stretch, he battled with Dunkirk and Charitable Man down the lane but was beaten by Summer Bird and Dunkirk to finish third.
Borel would go onto win last year’s Derby, his third in four years, aboard 8-1 shot, Super Saver.