Horse racing film gets Red Carpet treatment in N.M.

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Movies > Mine That Bird, 2009 Derby champ, hits the silver screen

By Gina Velasquez

They said it could never happen, but against odds of 50-1, Mine That Bird won the Kentucky Derby and shocked the nation of horse racing in 2009.
Now a major motion picture based on that event is headed to the big screen, with Albuquerque being the backdrop for the Red Carpet gala. The World Premiere of “50 to 1” will be 6 p.m. March 19 at the Kimo Theater, 421 Central Ave.
The cast and filmmakers are embarking on a cross-country bus tour to promote the movie. The bus will be in Santa Fe from 2-3 p.m. March 21 at the Regal Theaters, 3474 Zafarano Dr.
Mine That Bird himself will be at the Red Carpet premiere in Albuquerque.
The movie was filmed in several areas in New Mexico, including the Sunland Park racetrack and Santa Fe. Other locations used to film were Kentucky and California.
“I have been looking for a great horse story for decades and I am a sucker for an underdog dog story,” said Jim Wilson, the film’s director, producer and co-writer.
Wilson is the Oscar winning producer of “Dances with Wolves.”
“50 to 1” is based on the cowboy trainer and owners whose equine overcame a long shot to win the 2009 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

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