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A HERETIC I AM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:12 PM
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"RIDERS UP!"
Regardless of how you feel about thoroughbred racing, there's something about the Kentucky Derby that makes me feel good about this country. Traditions like the Run for the Roses on the first Saturday in May, the Indy 500 on the day before Memorial day, these things mark the start of Summer and remind me of the things that are good and decent in America.


Happy Derby Day.


"Riders UP!"

May it be a safe race.
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Booster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:14 PM
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1. COME ON, GENERAL QUARTERS. (lump in my throat now)
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MissB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:15 PM
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2. I'll echo your sentiment for a safe race.
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elleng Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:18 PM
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3. Sloppy track, grey sky, scratching favorite
has turned me off this one.

Gotta watch.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:19 PM
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4. RIght here watching
Hope it's safe.
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kywildcat Donating Member (529 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:25 PM
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5. Happy Derby Day!
Our Senators may be crap, but out races are top notch!
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:27 PM
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6. they're off !!!!
Edited on Sat May-02-09 05:29 PM by spanone
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A HERETIC I AM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:29 PM
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7. ANNND They're off!
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A HERETIC I AM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:32 PM
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12. Yaaahooo! The fifty-to-one shot wins it!
Proof that you should always put at least a two-spot on the longshot.
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Debi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:30 PM
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8. c'Mon Hold Me Back!!!
:woohoo:
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:31 PM
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9. Mine that Bird
Edited on Sat May-02-09 05:43 PM by malaise
What an upset.

sp
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Debi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:06 PM
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38. Not for anyone who bet on him!
:woohoo:

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merh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:32 PM
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10. 50 to 1 longshot
who'd a thunk (that's the ones I like to put my $2 on) :thumbsup:

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spiderpig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:34 PM
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13. I'm always so happy when an under-horse wins!
What does the name mean, anyway? :fistbump:
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merh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:39 PM
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21. Here you go
Pedigree

Mine That Bird is the leading runner so far by millionaire Birdstone, who carved out a permanent niche in racing history by foiling Smarty Jones' Triple Crown bid in the 2004 Belmont S. (G1). A son of 1996 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Grindstone, and a grandson of 1990 Derby hero Unbridled, Birdstone stamped himself as a classic contender when capturing the Champagne S. (G1) at two. Unfortunately, the spring of his three-year-old season did not go according to plan, and he could manage only eighth in the Run for the Roses. The real Birdstone reappeared in the 1 1/2-mile Belmont, rolling home late to inflict the first and only defeat upon Smarty Jones. Later that summer, Birdstone added the prestigious Travers S. (G1) to his resume. Given his proficiency at distances of 1 1/4 miles and beyond, he promises to pass on his abundant stamina. Birdstone already has two Derby contenders in his very first crop, with Arkansas Derby (G2) third Summer Bird joining Mine That Bird in the starting gate.

Mine That Bird is the first foal from the unraced Mining My Own, who is by Smart Strike, sire of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, winner of the Breeders Cup Classic (G1) and Preakness (G1) and the third-place finisher in the 2007 Kentucky Derby. The 1996 Grade 1 winner is a relatively new broodmare sire and will have the opportunity to shine for years to come.

http://www.kentuckyderby.com/2009/racing-information/co...
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spiderpig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:51 PM
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27. Thanks, merh! I'm a total ignoramus when it comes to horse racing
but I'm completely in awe of the magnificence of these animals. I once read an analysis of athletes and which sports required the most strength, endurance, concentration, etc. - and jockeys were number one. No wonder - these guys sure are one with their horse.
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merh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:57 PM
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31. I just got teary eyed when the current horse trainer took the time
to give credit and name Mine that bird's first trainer, the Canadian trainer.

He didn't have to do that but he did and it was terrific.

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spiderpig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:02 PM
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35. You're not alone being weepy.
What a story! :cry:
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merh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:07 PM
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39. The trainer is just a good guy
I mean, he didn't have to give a call out to the Canadian trainer, that was just incredible. He is now on my list of people I'd like to met.
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spiderpig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:24 PM
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41. Me too. And Sam Shepard can play him in the movie!
:popcorn:
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merh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:27 PM
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44. Isn't Sam Shepard too old
Why not George Clooney, I mean the guy likes his motorcycles and the horses.

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spiderpig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:38 PM
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45. You''re right. Sam's older than I am!
I was just thinking of "The Right Stuff" where he played Chuck Yeager - guts and integrity personified. Time flies when you're having fun.

I'm always ready for some Clooney, myself!
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merh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:44 PM
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46. Clooney could pull it off
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Glimmer of Hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:32 PM
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11. That was amazing!
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:34 PM
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14. They won both the Oaks and the Derby
How cool is that?
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A HERETIC I AM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:36 PM
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18. Love the fact that it's sort of a Cinderella story...
The horse was brought to the track not in a plush, 18 wheeler horse transport, but a regular horse trailer hauled behind a pickup truck, trained by a first time derby entrant.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:38 PM
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20. Really sweet
The trainer is on crutches.
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Glimmer of Hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:36 PM
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19. Not bad for a $9,500 horse.
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:35 PM
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15. i love an upset like this!!!!!!!!!!!
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Booster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:35 PM
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16. 50 TO 1 - DAMN.
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kentuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:36 PM
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17. That is the same jockey that rode the filly that was on Rachel's show last night
WOW! He loves the rail!
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:40 PM
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22. Yep - Oaks and Derby
Should have followed that hint from Rachel Alexander yesterday.
A 21 hour drive with one foot broken.
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:04 PM
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36. That's the happiest jockey I've ever seen. No pretense with him. What a kick!
:applause:
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spiderpig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:25 PM
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43. Dang - this whole event made my day. My week!
:loveya:
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havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:55 PM
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47. Gotta root for Calvin's ride, no matter who it is
The man is so out there with joy it spreads!
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elleng Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:41 PM
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23. He's a GELDING!!!
.
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elleng Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:48 PM
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24. Did you see that rerun, ALL ALONG THE RAIL!
.
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bklyncowgirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:57 PM
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32. That was Calvin Bo Rail!
He's famous for that move.
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panader0 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:49 PM
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25. I had a vasectomy!
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havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:56 PM
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48. LOL Saddle up!
yee HAW
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:01 PM
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34. Can you imagine the millions in stud fees they'll lose out on?
:wow:
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bklyncowgirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:06 PM
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37. Yup, no early retirement to the stud farm for Mind That Bird.
Like Funny Cide he'll race for quite a few years barring injury.

When his racing days were over, Funny Cide's trainer kept him as a stable pony for a while. Because of back injuries that interfered with his duties as a pony he was retires last year to the Kentucky Horse Park where he's spoiled by visitors.

I envision a similar future for Mind that Bird.
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A HERETIC I AM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:49 PM
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26. WOW. On the overhead replay, it looked like that horse had another gear...
like he put it in overdrive at the top of the stretch and everyone else was only using 3 speeds.


Great race.
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bklyncowgirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:08 PM
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40. Yeah those other horses were backing up. Great race! nt
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bklyncowgirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:53 PM
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28. Holy Shit! $9,000 horse. Trainer drove him himself from New Mexico to Kentucky.
He beat the sheiks, he beat the millionaires. The other horses got to Churchill on airplanes. This horse got there in the back of a pickup. God Damn there is justice in this world!

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Elwood P Dowd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:57 PM
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30. Incredible story!
Just incredible.

:toast:
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bklyncowgirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:01 PM
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33. That's while I still love horse racing.
You just never know. It's all about the horse. He didn't know he was a longshot.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:25 PM
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42. With a trainer with a broken ankle
on crutches. And they won the Oaks yesterday.
Justice for the little guy for a change.
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Cirque du So-What Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:55 PM
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29. Good and decent...
I've had plenty of good beer and seen lots of decent boobies at the Churchill Downs infield on Derby Day...and I wouldn't have it any other way!
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Forkboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:57 PM
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49. It always makes me think of Hunter S. Thompson.
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nonconformist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 07:08 PM
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50. My husband picked Mine that Bird!
Not a bet, unfortunately. *sigh* Our family always makes blind picks just going by the horse's name the morning of the race. We're NEVER right, none of us. He's at work right now, but he's going to be so stoked when he finds out that his horse was a 50-1 and WON!

Awesome race!
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