But as a celebrity retiree, this time around. The 2009 Kentucky Derby winner, and his pony sidekick, will be residents at the Kentucky Derby Museum through this year’s race.
From the press release:
Visitors can see Mine That Bird in the museum’s stable free of charge during normal business hours following his arrival on Monday.
This is the first time the Kentucky Derby Museum has had a Kentucky Derby winner stabled on the grounds to greet the thousands of Derby enthusiasts during this peak time of year.
Mine That Bird, a bay gelding retired in the fall of 2010, has been stabled in Roswell, New Mexico at co-owner Mark Allen’s Double Eagle Ranch.
A movie about the Mine That Bird story, called 50-1, has wrapped filming and is in the editing stages with famed director/producer Jim Wilson. Capturing the stories of each of the members of the team along with the legendary drive to Kentucky by trainer Chip Woolley, the movie highlights the unique blend of circumstances that led them to unexpected victory in the Kentucky Derby.
After winning the Kentucky Derby with rail-skimming jockey Calvin Borel, Mine That Bird went on to run second in the Preakness and third in the last leg of the Triple Crown, the 2009 Belmont stakes.”