Listening to Chip Woolley recount his story about beating the odds to win the 2009 Kentucky Derby with long-shot thoroughbred horse “Mine That Bird” is nothing short of thrilling.
Mine That Bird had won four straight races in Canada, but showed up last for the Breeders Cup. At the Sunland Derby in 2009, the horse failed to qualify for the Kentucky Derby finishing fourth in the race. However, based on his career earnings in other races, he qualified as one of the 20 horses to run that year in the Kentucky Derby. Mine That Bird was a long-shot.
Trainer Chip Woolley loaded Mine That Bird into a horse trailer and drove 1,700 miles from New Mexico to the big race. Under jockey Calvin Borel, Mine That Bird won the 2009 Kentucky Derby, instantly making Chip Woolley one of the most talked about racing personalities in America, and helping to cement Sunland Park, New Mexico as a hub for premiere horse racing.