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Canadian champion Mine That Bird earns one of the most unlikely victories in the history of the Kentucky Derby ...Read the full article

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  1. dave charleston from toronto, Canada writes: What a great win. If you watch the replay the announcer couldn't even find the name of the horse as he took the lead. Canadian horse racing has always been very underrated much like the country itself.
  2. Doctor Demento from Canada writes: Wow - I wonder what Pelican will say about this. In his little mind Canada is a mediocre country with zero notable accomplishments . . .
  3. George S from Toronto, Canada writes: Awesome!!! Way to go Mine That Bird....Always a sucker for the underdog story and this one is Canadian to boot!!! This horse is going to really valuable for breeding. Congrats!!!!
  4. Alber Tan from Calgary, Canada writes:
    Yikes, having to make a statement to the media about the Kentucky derby winner that you sold for $9,500. Whenever i'm having a bad day i will think of this.

    Like getting traded for a bag of pucks.
  5. Rolloff deBunk from Calgary- Centre of american wanabe's, Canada writes: Where does a horse get that kind of supercharged explosion amongst a pack of horses already running at full speed?
  6. Al B from Canada writes: Does the horse know he's Canadian?
  7. J Hamilton from Canada writes: Completely agree Rolloff. That was an amazing burst of speed down the home stretch.

    Yay, we won one.
  8. warren standerwick from North Vancouver, Canada writes: Alber Tan from Calgary, Canada writes:
    Yikes, having to make a statement to the media about the Kentucky derby winner that you sold for $9,500. Whenever i'm having a bad day i will think of this.

    Like getting traded for a bag of pucks.

    Not quite- the $9500 horse earned over $300,000 in one year for his owner, after which he sold him for another $400,000. Some bag of pucks.
  9. Let me tell You How It Is from United States writes: Usual Canadian story: Canadian totally unknown and ignored by Canadian media in Canada but when said Canadian "Makes it" and "makes it big" in the United States the said Canadian is front page news and all Canadians take credit and beam with pride for the success. Can see "Mine that bird" receiving the Order of Canada and Governor General's award...however further accolades will be prevented when the Canadian Commission on Bilingualism notices that the horses name can not be translated in French resulting in much bitterness and ill feelings by "Mine that bird" who in response exiles himself to the United States.
  10. c penna from Canada writes: "Fox New's" say's the horse and trainer are from New Mexico.
  11. Joseph Pileggi from Toronto, Canada writes: I saw the race. Make sure we check its urine. I do not want another Ben Johnson scandal.
  12. dave charleston from toronto, Canada writes: to the guy who said he will be valuable for breeding. It's gelding not going to happen
  13. Kan Tankerous from Tronna, Canada writes:

    George S from Toronto, Canada writes:

    "Awesome!!! Way to go Mine That Bird....Always a sucker for the underdog story and this one is Canadian to boot!!! This horse is going to really valuable for breeding. Congrats!!!!"

    ***

    One little problem George.

    The horse is a gelding which means there will never be any mini Mine That Birds running around.

    Oh well.

    In any case, at the end of the trophy presentation the trainer mentioned that if it had not been for Woodbine mainstay Dave Cotey, then it would not have happened.

    Good on you Dave!

    When it comes to horse racing, Canada has always punched above it's weight.

    It's too bad it has not really captured the attention of the citizenry like it has in say, Australia.

    Canada has much to be proud of in both thoroughbred and standardbred racing.

    Very very much.
  14. Greg Atkin from Canada writes: Let Me... Typical American story. Crown over a century of 100 m winners as 'Fastest Man in world" until American doesn't win it. Fish around for 200-400 meter winner as fastest man on earth. Eventually get challenged to match race. Get beat so bad have to fake injury.
  15. bongo bongo from hick town, United States writes: Go Canada, go! The best is always related to Canada, my favorite country in the world!

    ** this statement does not apply to some of the commentators on G&M
  16. Festina Lente from United States writes: All in good faith Canadians, but Canada must be "hard up" for a winner. History shows that your "best" emigrated to the USA and then excelled. Want some names? Try the Bird for one!
  17. robert harris from Canada writes: Canadian Horse? Is he a Canadian bred? I wouldn`t think so but it is possible. Typically a Woodbine trainer like Mr. Cotey - who has been described as a `bulk ` purchaser - would attend the Annual Yearling Sales in Louisville where it appears he took a `flyer` on a horse that nobody else wanted at a reserve price of $9500. The horse showed enough to be a Sovereign Award Winner with caerer earnings of $300k so Mr. Cotey took him to Santa Anita for the Breeders Cup where he was offered and accepted $400k before the race. Good deal for Mr. Cotey.
  18. Ken Baker from Canada writes: George S from Toronto, Canada writes: Awesome!!! Way to go Mine That Bird....Always a sucker for the underdog story and this one is Canadian to boot!!! This horse is going to really valuable for breeding. Congrats!!!!

    Sorry George, Mine that Bird is a gelding.
  19. Political Junkie from Canada writes: Geez, I don't know anything about the topic but who was the genius who decided that this fellow shouldn't have a love life?

    He (it?) with cojones would be worth a fortune and have an enviable job from here on.
  20. bob gervitz from United States writes: A great good-news story with lots of happy people (one of the reasons why I like sports stories, because happy stories also make it to the headline, it rarely happens elsewhere). Well-written too. I could feel the excitement. Congrats, all involved. Enjoy the moment.
  21. B W from Canada writes: great underdog story - love it...but aren't we up-playing the Canadian angle a little bit?! hehe
  22. Musta Koira from United States writes: The horse is not Canadian. It was bred on a Kentucky farm.
  23. Mike Milne from Canada writes:
    Has the horse actually been to Canada?

    Or is it just Canadian by virtue of association?

    Hmmmmm, wait a minute. Kind of like Ignatief.

    Actually, totally like Ignatief.

    Has the horse written any books?
  24. NotASpoiledAthelete - from Canada writes: Ahhh national bragging rights on a horse. If this horse came in dead last would anyone be going on about this?

    Just a great story about a massive underdog. Wish I'd put down a buck or two on that one.
  25. Alberta Marlowe from Halifax, Canada writes: Mike Milne from Canada writes:
    "
    Has the horse actually been to Canada?

    Or is it just Canadian by virtue of association?

    Hmmmmm, wait a minute. Kind of like Ignatief.

    Actually, totally like Ignatief."

    Mike, Ignatieff has two f's. Just saying.

    Yay for Mine That Bird. Yay for the jockey. We don't have nearly enough horse racing news in the Globe. Maybe you could drop Margaret Wente and have a weekly horse racing column instead.

    Has the horse written any books?"
  26. Alberta Marlowe from Halifax, Canada writes: Sorry about that stray line of Mike's at the end of my post, folks - my mouse slipped. But seriously. It's great the Globe reports on major thoroughbred races. But it only reports on the big 4 - the Queen's Plate and the Triple Crown. What about standardbred racing, which, as Kan Tankerous says, is a proud tradition in Canada. Less hockey please (and way less Wente); more horses.
  27. Douglas Freestone from Canada writes: Let me tell You How It Is from United States, Festina Lente from United States

    You two characters again... your lives must really suck if you are trolling around Canadian media forums just to take the occasional dig at Canada and Canadians. I doubt you are even from the US. The vast majority of Americans that I know are far too proud and far to secure to do what you guys do.
  28. dave charleston from Canada writes: Musta Koira from United States writes: The horse is not Canadian. It was bred on a Kentucky farm.

    Trained in canada horse of the year in canada last year
  29. Malone Sumself from Canada writes: Sure alot being read into a horse race. Raced in Canada last year if memory of the article serves me correct - Cdn horse of the year. Huge odds against - biggest payout in almost 100 years. Gelding so theres a story in itself. Chill out folks - its an interesting diversion. No need to knock anybody.
  30. weird world from Calgary, Canada writes: now the Americans are really going to build that wall..first we buy the horse from them at $ 9500, make over $ 300,000 racing at woodbine ( did i hear Horse of the Year) last year ..then sell it back to them for $ 400,000....to boot, i can hear the cashing of the betting chits at Woodbine....on the $ 41,000 tri or $ 2000 exacta..

    every body wins...with the US owners walking away with $1.1 mil purse today..
  31. Festina Lente from United States writes: Douglas Freestone: Thank you for your kind remarks, I have just nominated you for the Canadian (horse) of the year. Your civility and even demeanor are only exceeded by your insolence!

    I like real Canadians not the keyboard bandits who snivel and snort and pass gas!
  32. Richard Roskell from Naramata, Canada writes:

    Cheer up, America. There's still the Stanley Cup.
  33. George S from Toronto, Canada writes: Missed that part about Mine That Bird being a gelding. Thanks for pointing that out to me.
  34. James Duke from Halifax, Canada writes: Each year I read the list of Derby entries from the newspaper to my wife and ask her to pick her favourite based on the name. Then I go to the simulcast off-track betting and make a $2 wager for her. I pick a few triactors that usually involve the favourites, and I usually lose. Anyway, this year she picked Mine That Bird....$103.20.
    ps. She gave me a $20 tip.
  35. Rob C from Canada writes: Festina,

    Of course our best have to go to the States to become famous - there are ten times as many people - ten times the opportunity. I guess I needed to point that out...As Neil Young said, "no one was going to find me through all the trees"
  36. Bill Hopkins from London, Canada writes: This is a great story. He was bred and born in Kentucky but it is the early training that often makes the difference. A Canadian trainer recognized his potential, and he gained his entry into the Derby based on his performance at Woodbine. He looks like a relatively small horse and he is a gelding performing against bigger "stronger" stallions. But he had a jockey who clearly knew the horse, what the horse could do, and how to let him do it. This is not the first time a horse came from the back of the pack to win and it won't be the last -- but when it happens it is beautiful to watch.
  37. Mitch hourigan from Canada writes: Horse racing....a sick preoccupation for people. These animals so interbred they break their legs being run around the track, then are euthanized. Anyone who gets their jollies watching horse racing needs to get a life.
  38. Douglas Freestone from Canada writes: Festina Lente from United States - Ok, I'll give you half a point for your attempt at humour.
  39. slapsi maxi from Cambridge, Canada writes: This horse will be valuable for breeding, George S., if they can perform a testicle transplant. And, to the editor, this is not a Canadian horse like Northern Dancer and Sunny's Halo, the only two Canadian-breds to have won The Kentucky Derby. He was bred in Kentucky and was raised in Kentucky before being sold as a yearling.
  40. Mark S from Calgary, Canada writes: Douglas Freestone, If you have not been reading these posts in the past few years, you probably have not picked up the clues. That both Feste Lente (is Malcolm) and Let me tell you... are both Canadians living in the United States and miss their beloved Canada. That is why they love poking jabes at us. Sucks to be them.
  41. Allan Livingstone from Canada writes: Why is this man so excited? I mean, it's a real feather in your cap to know that you nurtured and trained a horse that won such a prestigious race but he sold it for $400,000 and, just six months later, it won $1,417,200. Seems to me he missed out on over a million bucks.
  42. Brian Pelican from United States writes: My God, calling this a Canadian win is incredible - Canada and Demented, it seems, will do anything to appear to win, and the accent is on "appear". In the final paragragh it is revealed that it was foaled in Kentucky and Lamantia's partners are American. Further, it was sold to Americans for $400,000 last fall and just won over $1.4M. How's that for a loss for Canadians?? Cotey revealed that he would have never enetered the horse in the Derby and didn't even have a buck on it. Great Canadian risk taking? Another false example of Canadians thinking that they are the envy of the world.
  43. Alberta Marlowe from Halifax, Canada writes: James Duke from Halifax, Canada writes: "Each year I read the list of Derby entries from the newspaper to my wife and ask her to pick her favourite based on the name. Then I go to the simulcast off-track betting and make a $2 wager for her. I pick a few triactors that usually involve the favourites, and I usually lose. Anyway, this year she picked Mine That Bird....$103.20.
    ps. She gave me a $20 tip. "

    James, congratulations to your wife. I was just thinking yesterday that there were amateur gamblers who have a flutter on the horses maybe once a year, who don't know or care what a triactor is, who bet on a horse for no other reason than they like the name, and someone who loves them humours them, maybe rolls their eyes a little .... and those amateurs cleaned up on this race. 50 to 1. I love it when that happens. Brings the fun back to life.
  44. G. Veneta from Canada writes: Bravo! Against such odds what sweet victory. That Northern Dancer sure had good genes that were passed down to this young one 'Mine that Bird'.

    Congratulations!
  45. G. Veneta from Canada writes: The article failed to mention that Mine that Bird was bred from the lineage of Northern Dancer --another great Canadian horse. That info. was all over the news. So, regardless of where he was raised he comes from good Canadian stock! Bravo.

    We still have wild horses roaming the plains here out west. Sadly, people are cruelly killing them although against the law as they are protected by law. Horses are noble animals and such loyal servants to man. Brilliant majestic creatures.

    It's just very cool this underdog people were belittling before the race came back and stormed ahead leaving the naysayers in the dust. Surely a movie to follow. A classic underdog story.
  46. Carolyn Debnam from Toronto, Canada writes: Being "Canadian" and a winner at the Kentucky Derby is not really something new.

    For me, the greatest Horse ever put on this planet was Secretariat, Triple Crown Winner in 1973.
    He was Trained by a Canadian, Lucien Laurin and ridden by New Brusnwick native, Ron Turcotte.
    Secretariat's times in both the KDerby and Preakness are still standing.

    My second fave Horse is Charismatic one of the closest challengers to the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing since the last winner, Affirmed (1978).

    He who won the first 2 races of the 1999 TCrown..then broke his leg at the Belmont.

    Charismatic,at 13, is still standing at stud ($7000 stud fees) in Japan... and probably has a nice smile on his face..

    ~
  47. ty Canada from Canada writes: The horse went south just like Pamela Anderson and Jim Carrey.
  48. Mark S from Calgary, Canada writes: Brian Pelican is another exiled Canadian longing for his beloved Canada. Sucks to be Brian !!
  49. Been There Done It from Canada writes: Canadian horse/American horse........who cares. When are most people going to realize that borders mean nothing anymore. Most everything is worldwide now a days. Corporations control the world. Imaginary lines called borders are there just to make people feel better that's all.........after all Canada Geese fly south for the winter and crap all over our friendly neigbour to the south.
  50. D Peters from Alberta, Canada writes: It was sure a hell of a win though. Coming from dead last to win by almost seven lenghts. I bet the guy that sold that horse for 9500 clams must be kicking his butt.

    Comment to G. Veneta from Canada

    They are feral horses, not wild horses. They are not descendants of "the wild mustang" and all that romantic BS. Many of them are just hauled out to the west country and let go by city folks who have watched the Horse Whisper a few to many times.
  51. r b from Calgary, Canada writes: All that money, fame and adulation.

    And all the horse wants is to get his balls back.
  52. Carolyn Debnam from Toronto, Canada writes: rb from Alberta: Guess he was too much like you which is why he's ball-less now:
    Quote from Sun:

    " The gelded son of Birdstone began his journey at Woodbine with Cotey taking a shot -- and not an expensive one -- on a horse who was far from perfect.

    "He 'toed out' a little bit and he didn't exactly stand straight at first," Cotey said of the youngster's build, which in part led to his bargain price.

    "He was not the most correct in terms of conformation but there is a great temperament to him."

    Under saddle, he was far more fond of the fillies than of running at first, which prompted Cotey to have the colt snipped of his manhood. "

    ~
  53. Douglas Freestone from Canada writes: Mark S from Calgary, Canada - Makes sense to me. There has to be explanation... they spend too much time at this...
  54. Brian Pelican from Denver, United States writes: My God, calling this a Canadian win is incredible - Canada it seems, will do anything to appear to win, and the accent is on "appear". In the final paragragh it is revealed that it was foaled in Kentucky and Lamantia's partners are American. Further, it was sold to Americans for $400,000 last fall and just won over $1.4M. How's that for a loss for Canadians?? Cotey revealed that he would have never enetered the horse in the Derby and didn't even have a buck on it. Great Canadian risk taking? Another false example of Canadians thinking that they are the envy of the world.
  55. D Peters from Alberta, Canada writes: Brian Pelican:

    Thats kinda like the pot calling the kettle black.
  56. Hap Stokes from Canada writes: Al B from Canada writes: Does the horse know he's Canadian?
    ===
    Yes he does Al B
    He has the Maple Leaf 'Branded' on his butt.
    Doesn't it make you 'So Proud' that the horsey is CANADIAN?
  57. michael northcott from tobermory, Canada writes: Peter Lamantia a scholarship athlete at Notre Dame? Don't think so.
  58. LEO COLLINS from PLYMOUTH, United States writes: Peter Lamantia was on the 1966 National Championship Football team at Notre Dame and was a high scoring teammate of mine on the Notre Dame Hockey Team. I was the goalie and was always glad to see him on the ice.
  59. Tristram Shandy from Strathroy Ontario, Canada writes: I have watched the video of this race a number of times. I am not a regular viewer of horse races, but it seemed to me like this was a very poor "call" of the race. The announcer took a long time to even recognize Mine That Bird when he broke out in front, and granted there was a lot going on just before that, but he was yelling about some other horse just as Mine That Bird took the lead.

    I also don't understand why, in this day and age, the cameras are so far away for part of the race, you can barely make out anything at those times.

    Great race though.

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