Sunday, May 3, 2009

Anyone Else LOVE a GREAT Underdog Story?

The story behind the Kentucky Derby winner - "Mine That Bird" - is an amazing, and really inspirational underdog story!
Below is not just a clip of the race, but also a very sweet (albeit brief) interview with Calvin Borel, the jockey. And, additionally, an AMAZING aerial view of how Mine That Bird came from last to FIRST!

Here's some interesting trivia:

  • Mine That Bird cost $9,500 (some of these Kentucky Derby thoroughbreds cost hundreds of thousands of dollars!).
  • Mine That Bird was taken to the derby not in a fancy caravan, but in a plain horse trailer, pulled by a pick up truck.
  • Calvin Borel, the jockey, is the son of a Louisiana sugar cane farmer, and only has an 8th grade education (and has been racing horses since he was EIGHT years old!!)

    It's really a fascinating story! Enjoy the video... and LONG LIVE THE UNDERDOG!

5 comments:

Busy Bee Suz said...

Yes, I loved this story also. I hope he has a nice long comfy life!!

Pumpkin Delight said...

It is a great story and a great race. I love me those horses and especially the ones who are spunky!

karengberger said...

This race (well, the Preakness & Belmont, too) is my favorite sporting event of the year. There is so much work involved in getting there, so much history, the stories in the paddock (like this one), GORGEOUS horses, and then, the adrenaline rush when they begin to load the horses into the gate, "and they're off!"...ahhhh, it's so great.
The Tour de France is my next favorite. Thanks for posting this!

HappyWifeHappyLife said...

Karen,
I'm glad you enjoyed it. I always love this event too.... always so much "story behind the story" to tell. And I LOVED this year's story!

KingdomWriter said...

Yeah! Love it! Haven't seen this one before, but it is a great inspiration to end my friday night on, so thank you for that!