Friday, November 19, 2010


IMG_7883 For those of you who don’t follow horse racing, Mine That Bird was the 2009 Kentucky Derby winner.

IMG_7869I like to watch the Derby every year but I don’t know the first thing about horse racing. Last year (May 2009) we were parked at Elephant Butte, NM next to Mike and Sandy. Mike casually mentioned that a horse from Roswell was running in the derby and that he knew the owners. Said the horse didn’t have a chance but the owners figured it would be great to say they had a horse that ran in the Derby.

IMG_7873 We made plans to watch the race but decided not to place a bet especially since we didn’t know how to place that bet.

Well, guess what. That horse won at 50-1 odds. Mine That Bird was the only gelding in the field and was dead last. But his jockey road him to the rail and he ended up winning by 6 3/4 lengths. This victory margin was the largest since Assault won by 8 lengths in 1946.

IMG_7870 His trainer, Chip Wooley, drove the horse from New Mexico to Kentucky by van with a broken leg. What an amazing story of an underdog who didn’t give up.

The horse is owned by Dr. Leonard Blach of Buena Suerte Equine farm and Mark Allen of Double Eagle Ranch.

IMG_7876 While in Roswell Mike and Sandy took us out to meet Dr. Blach and see where Mine that Bird was trained. The horse was in Kentucky but he will be at the Ranch next time we get there and we get to go back and meet him.

IMG_7872 For me, this was such an exciting adventure. Being able to see their other studs and how beautiful they are. WOW. It was too windy to work the horses so I’m hoping that next time we get to watch them working out.

IMG_7881 We also got to meet Jerry Nicodemus, an American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame jockey. He now works as the Training Center Manager for the Double Eagle Ranch.


  1. what a cool story. I never heard about it but then I don't listen to horse racing. Would you have bet on him if you knew how to? I'd like to say yes but I know me and I don't think I would have. But I do know I would then be kicking myself over and over.

  2. That bet would have paid better odds than you get at a casino. And, you didn't bet?

  3. that's a cool place.

    love,katie bug


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