Tuesday, November 9, 2010


Well imagine my pleasure as I returned home today from the Breeder's Cup at Churchill Downs to find this e-mail on my phone.
Thanks Eric! Thanks Everyone! 
Price Hall, Liz Servis and I met the gang from Roswell, along with Jim Wilson, Pieter Kroonenberg, Rick Morse at Churchill for a great weekend.
A particular delight for me since I have been writing about Churchill  for the past year but had never seen it.
The only two NM producers who couldn't go this trip were Tony Mark and Nick Ward, but we are all involved and having a fabulous time.
Got to visit with Mine That Bird yesterday morning. 
I love the horse. And even though he threw a shoe coming out of the gate and didn't run a good race, we didn't care at all. 
He's safe, and is retiring now to Roswell, and my version of this story is that he is tired of racing and just wants to be a movie star. 
He deserves it!

Thanks again for all the good wishes. Here is the story that appeared on the 'front page' of the Hollywood Reporter.
Obviously we are lucky as can be to get Jim, or to have jim want to get us.
It's a great story!

Dances With Wolves' producer Jim Wilson is set to direct the film about the 50-to-1 longshot who won last year's race.

Mine That Bird, a 50-to-1 longshot that won the 2009 Kentucky Derby, may get to star in his own biopic.

Jim Wilson, the Academy Award-winning producer of Dances With Wolves, The Bodyguard and Wyatt Earp, will direct the film. Elizabeth Gaylynn Baker will serve as writer and producer, and Pieter Kroonenburg, the president of Kingsborough Pictures, will produce as well.

Among those being considered for roles are Mine That Bird himself and charismatic jockey Calvin Borel, who rode the horse to its thrilling victory for one of his three Kentucky Derby wins. (Mine That Bird already has a credit, appearing on Conan O'Brien'sTonight Show.)

Mine that Bird, who will run in this weekend's Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs, is owned by New Mexicans Mark Allen and Leonard Blach and was trained on their ranches in Roswell, N.M. (The owners' production entity is dubbed New Mexico Llc.)

Producers have committed to use New Mexico crews and talent whenever possible and to shoot the majority of the picture within the state. Preproduction is scheduled to begin in February.

Trainer Chip Woolley drove 21 hours straight to get Mine That Bird from New Mexico to Louisville for the Run for the Roses. The gelding was in last place for much of the race, but Borel maneuvered Mine That Bird along the rail on a rain-soaked track to take the lead.

The horse won by 6 3/4 lengths, the greatest margin of victory in the Derby since 1946. A $2 wager to win returned $103.20, giving Mine That Bird the second-biggest upset in Kentucky Derby history.

"His story reminds us to do what we love if we want to succeed," said Mine That Bird producer Price Hall. "The Bird has clearly inspired people wherever he has run, and time and again he has been called 'Everyman's Horse,' setting a great example for the small guy who can win against all odds if he just sets his mind to it."

Other producers include Tony Mark, Earl Robinson, Liz Servis, Nick Ward and Rick Morse.

On Nov 9, 2010, at 5:18 AM, Eric Renz-Whitmore wrote:

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From: "Eric Renz-Whitmore" <ewhitmore@gmail.com>
Date: Nov 9, 2010 5:11 AM
To: <misp-l@listserv.unm.edu>


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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