Tuesday, November 9, 2010


‘Everybody Loves an Underdog’ - Mine That Bird’s story appears headed to the big screen

Albuquerque Journal (NM) - Saturday, November 6, 2010

Author: Adrian Gomez Journal Staff Writer

He stunned the horse-racing world in 2009 at the Kentucky Derby, and now he’s going Hollywood.

A film based on New Mexico horse Mine That Bird, who was ridden by jockey Calvin Borel, has been given the green light and will be filmed in the state starting in February.

“This is a story that has to be told,” said Pieter Kroonenburg, a co-producer of the film. “People around the country were shocked to see a horse come from last place and win. He became ‘the little horse that could.’ ”

The film follows the humorous adventures of a small, crooked-footed horse and his cowboy owners and trainer, who take to the highway in an unlikely bid to win America’s premier horse race.

Kroonenburg said the team of producers, including Santa Fe resident Tony Mark, are scouting areas around New Mexico for the film.

“Right now, we’re looking at the Santa Fe Downs because no one is using it,” he said. “We can find a way to spruce it up and make it work for us.”

Price Hall, a co-producer, said everybody on the team is committed to filming the lion’s share in New Mexico.

“It’s a New Mexico story,” he said. “The horse is trained and the owners live in Roswell. We couldn’t imagine taking the movie out of the state.”

The script is written by Elizabeth Gaylynn Baker and will be directed by Jim Wilson, who won an Academy Award for producing “Dances With Wolves.”

“We’ve got such a great team behind us,” Hall said.

Hall also said the producers have a contract with Mine That Bird’s owners to use the horse in the film. He said the crew working on the film predominantly will be New Mexico residents.

“We’re even looking at having Calvin Borel play himself in the movie, if it works out,” he said.

Hall said producers continue to work on getting the movie started, although there is not a set budget.

“The script is being polished right now by the director,” he said. “After it gets approved by him, we’ll have a better idea of how much we’ll be working with.”

Baker said she wanted to write the script because it’s a great story.

“When I watched the derby in 2009, I cried,” she said. “We want to capture that emotion and tell the story. Everybody loves an underdog.”

AP FILE Calvin Borel rides New Mexico-based Mine That Bird to victory during the 2009 Kentucky Derby. Calvin Borel reacts after winning the 2009 Kentucky Derby. A film is set to be made in New Mexico chronicling the event.



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Hey everyone...

Big congrats and thanks to Elizabeth Gaylyn Baker and the team behind "Mine That Bird"

I think we all know the perseverance it takes to make real progress in film - and their work to make this a NM film deserves kudos.

Hope you`re all doing well! 

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