Monday, May 4, 2009
The Dark Horse
If you watched the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, you may have been stunned. It's not often that a 50-1 long shot wins. Mind That Bird, ridden by previous Derby winning jockey Calvin Borel, blew away the field going from dead last to first place. And it wasn't even close. The two year old colt won by 6 and 3/4 lengths.
He'd have left everyone behind him in the dust if the track hadn't been a field of mud.
So how did a yearling that cost a paltry $9,500 (most top thoroughbreds are in the $100,000+ range) triumph? Was he in the right place at the right time? Did he have the best trainer? Best jockey? Who knows?
I guess that's what makes a horse race.
But the real question is this: Will Mine That Bird be able to come back in 2 weeks at the Preakness to prove his win wasn't a fluke?
I'll be rooting for him. We haven't had a Triple Crown winner in a long time.
And everyone loves a Cinderella story.