The cast and filmmakers of soon-to-be-released film “50-1” ‑ the story of Mine That Bird’s improbable journey from New Mexico to the Kentucky Derby winner’s circle ‑ will meet with the public in the Billy’s Sports Bar and Grill on Tuesday, March 18 at 3 p.m. for one hour.
Mine That Bird trained over the Ruidoso Downs’ track during the summer after his Kentucky Derby win to prepare for his fall campaign.
Billy’s Sports Bar is located in the Billy The Kid Casino adjacent to Ruidoso Downs Race Track. Admission is free and refreshments will be offered.
“50 to 1” opens exclusively in New Mexico on March 21 and will have a two-week engagement at the Sierra Cinema in Ruidoso. Tickets are on sale now. Go to http://www.allentheatresinc.com/city/ruidoso/ for information. The “50 to 1” trailer may be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwV9KljqsFU.
Owned by Roswell residents Mark Allen of Double Eagle Ranch and Dr. Leonard Blach of Buena Suerte Equine, Mine That Bird shocked horseracing when he made an incredible last-to-first run along the rail to win the 2009 Kentucky Derby. A two-dollar win ticket on Mine That Bird paid $103.20 and he was the second-longest shot to win the Kentucky Derby in 139 runnings. The race can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_jAM7vBJY4.
Mine That Bird, who now is retired and resides in Roswell, went on to finish second in the Preakness Stakes to Rachel Alexandra and third behind Summer Bird and Dunkirk in the Belmont Stakes. He earned $2,228,637.
Allen and Blach are familiar faces at Ruidoso Downs as both fans and owners. On the same afternoon that Mine That Bird finished third in the Belmont Stakes, Allen’s champion quarter horse Time For A Cigar won the Grade 1, $308,267 Ruidoso Derby at Ruidoso Downs.
“50 to 1” is directed by Jim Wilson, who produced the Academy Award®-winning Best Picture “Dances With Wolves” and “The Bodyguard,” Grammy Award® winner for Best Album.
The movie’s lead actors are Skeet Ulrich (“As Good As It Gets,” “The Newton Boys” and “Chill Factor”), Cristian Kane (“Leverage” and “Friday Night Lights”) and Golden Globe® nominee William Devane (“McCabe & Mrs. Miller,” “The Missiles of October” and “Marathon Man”). Mine That Bird’s Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel plays himself.
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