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Filming To Begin On Rags To Riches Derby Star Mine That Bird
Meanwhile, movie producer Jim Wilson (of 'Dances With Wolves', 'The Bodyguard' and 'Wyatt Earp' fame) announced the start of an independent movie called '50 to 1' about the rise to the Kentucky Derby of outside victor Mine That Bird (Birdstone-Mining My Own, by Smart Strike). According to thoroughbredtimes.com, it is his rags to riches story that appeals to the movie maker, and the production will be shot in several locations including Sunland Park, where Mine That Bird finished second in the Borderland Derby and fourth in the Sunland Derby prior to heading to Kentucky as well as New Mexico. Mine that Bird was purchased by Canadian trainer David Cotey from the 2007 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October Yearling Sale for just $9,500. Winner of 4 of his 6 starts at 2 and crowned Champion 2YO in Canada, the owners accepted an offer of $400,000 for him and the new owners sent him to trainer Richard Mandella. After finishing last in the Breeders Cup Juvenile, he was transferred to trainer Chip Woolley in New Mexico and began his path to the Kentucky Derby. After the Derby, Mine That Bird ran 2nd in the Preakness Stakes and 3rd in the Belmont. He retired two starts later, having won 5 of his 18 starts and US$2.2million.