Friday, February 19, 2010

Long shot

I listened to a This American Life episode today about Long Shots. In the opening sequence, Ira Glass brings up the 2009 Kentucky Derby where a horse with 50-1 odds, Mine That Bird, comes out of nowhere to win. It was the second biggest upset ever at the Derby. However you feel about horse racing, it's undeniable this was an inspiring story.

In an interview after the race, the jockey, Calvin Borel, was asked why he thinks this horse, who cost its owner only $9,500, did so well. Borel replied simply, "I rode him like he was a winner."

Here's a replay of the entire race in case you missed it last year:

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