Calvin Borel and Mine that Bird Provide Minor Miracle for Horse Racing
May 03, 2009 by Chris Houston
My wife, son and I were watching the Kentucky Derby simulcast at the track
yesterday. Never in my wildest dreams would I have predicted that Calvin Borel
aboard Mine That Bird would cross the finish line first. A 50-1 choice, Mine
that Bird wasn't even on my radar. In fact, I had placed $5 to win and place on
Pioneerof The Nile just because most people had backed off the one time pre-race
favorite. It seemed like a good bet and I won 21 dollars when it finished second
to the biggest longshot to win the Derby since 1913.
A guy standing next to me had placed $2 across the board on Borel and Mine That Bird. The guy seemed like he was almost comatose as he said "Yeah, I had 2 across the board on Mine That Bird." It was at that point that I wished the horse racing gods would reverse the finish and put the favorite on top. Who picks a 50-1 longshot and has it win and doesn't get excited. Are we becoming that selfish that we aren't satisfied when the biggest of longshots comes through? You could have lost the $6 dollars. But here's a guy who probably won close to $200 dollars on a $6 dollar bet taking his winnings for granted. Is the economy that bad that we can not appreciate a huge win like that? Or is the guy trying to get rich on Derby Day so he doesn't have to return to his normal life on Monday.
But there were happy stories at the track where people actually seemed excited. One friend approached the terminal with a big grin on his face. He had picked the correct Pick 4 on a $16 dollar bet where he had wheeled Mine That Bird and Calvin Borel as one of his selections. He said it paid around $1500 dollars. It's kind of funny that a win like that will bring huge smiles but the guy who won $200 dollars acts as if it's another Obama stimulus check and so what?