Jockey Calvin Borel (as himself) races Mine That Bird (Sunday Rest) at Churchill Downs.
Mine That Bird, the underdog racehorse that won the 2009 Kentucky Derby, is the focus of a new Hollywood film, 50 to 1, that opens in theaters March 21. The news was announced by 50 to 1 director, producer, co-writer and racehorse owner Jim Wilson (Oscar®-winning producer of Dances With Wolves). Skeet Ulrich, Christian Kane, William Devane, Todd Lowe and newcomer Madelyn Deutch star in the film alongside real-life jockey Calvin Borel, who plays himself in the picture. Faith Conroy co-wrote the script with Wilson.
The film, which is rooted in New Mexico and shot in over 30 locations throughout the state, from Santa Fe to Las Cruces, will kick off the theatrical release with the world premiere in Albuquerque at the historic KiMo Theatre on March 19.
50 to 1 is about a misfit group of New Mexico cowboys who find themselves on the journey of a lifetime when their crooked-footed racehorse qualifies for the Kentucky Derby. The cowboys face a series of mishaps on their way to Churchill Downs, becoming the ultimate underdogs in a final showdown with the world's racing elite.
Chip Woolley (Skeet Ulrich) has a heart-to-heart talk with Mine That Bird (Sunday Rest).
"I had been waiting for a great racehorse story for a very long time," Wilson says, noting that he had read numerous horse racing scripts over the years. "When I watched what unfolded at the 2009 Kentucky Derby, I was stunned. I've always been a fan of true underdog stories and, after meeting the owners, trainer and finally Bird himself, I was hooked. This story had all the cinematic elements you could ask for. It's been a real adventure and one I am proud to share with the world."
In addition to Dances With Wolves, Wilson also produced The Bodyguard, Wyatt Earp, Swing Vote and several other films, plus the critically-acclaimed documentary about renowned jockey Laffit Pincay, Jr., Laffit: All About Winning.