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Suzanne Wilcox is a busy woman. Not only does she own Mesa Elite Fitness in Los Alamos, she makes time to do stand-in work for movies filming in New Mexico.
Wilcox has done stand-in and extra work for many films and shows in the past, but now is playing an actual character in “50 to 1,” the story of the 2009 Kentucky Derby winner, Mine That Bird. Wilcox plays Jill Baffert, wife of horse trainer Bob Baffert, who is played by Bruce Wayne Eckelman.
Although, she is only in about eight scenes and speaks to no lines, she was honored to be chosen for the part. “You can hear me screaming in one of the race scenes,” she said.
She said the cast and crew made her feel really special. “They welcomed me as one of their own.”
Wilcox was on the cusp of opening the fitness studio, when she auditioned for the part in Albuquerque, which was set up by her agent Elizabeth Gabel. “I was barely leaving Albuquerque after the audition, when they called me back for a second reading. Jim (director, Jim Wilson) wanted me for the part,” she said. “The opportunity came at the right time.”
Most of the scenes were filmed in Albuquerque, with the exception of two weeks in Louisville, Ky. — home of Churchill Downs. Wilcox worked on the film a total of three weeks.
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