Sunday, May 3, 2009

New Mexico colt wins Kentucky Derby

What a great race and I was thrilled that Mine that Bird won!

I do realize there are a lot of animal rights people that think horse racing is animal cruelty. While I totally agree that drugging or any abuse of a horse is totally wrong that is a separate issue from just racing. There are people that think the racing part is cruel and all I can say is that those people have never been around race horses or they would realize that they love to race. Like herding dogs love to herd, it is their natural instinct. Horse racing is a beautiful sport, but as with anything involving animals -- abuse must be taken seriously and punished.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Mine That Bird dug up a miracle, stunning the field to win the Kentucky Derby with a dynamic stretch run through the mud at Churchill Downs.

The 3-year-old colt and jockey Calvin Borel found room along the rail deep in the stretch Saturday then pulled away to give the 50-1 long shot one of the biggest upsets in the 135-year history of the race.

The win was the second Derby victory in three years for Borel, who used a similar stretch run to send Street Sense to the winner's circle in 2007.

Pioneerof the Nile held off Musket Man for second, but neither were a match for the unheralded colt from New Mexico.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) - New Mexico colt wins Kentucky Derby

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