LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Mine That Bird dug up a miracle, stunning the field to win the Kentucky Derby with a dynamic stretch run through the mud Saturday at Churchill Downs.
The 3-year-old colt and jockey Calvin Borel found room along the rail deep in the stretch then pulled away for a 6 3/4-length win to give the 50-1 long shot one of the biggest upsets in the 135-year history of the race.
The win was the second Derby victory in three years for Borel, who used a similar stretch run to send Street Sense to the winner’s circle in 2007.
Mine That Bird joins Giacomo, who won in 2005, as one of the most unlikely victors in the Run for the Roses.
Mine That Bird covered the 1 1/4 miles in 2:02.66 and paid $103.20 to win.
Pioneerof the Nile held off Musket Man for second, but neither was a match for the unheralded colt from New Mexico.
Friesan Fire, who became the favorite after I Want Revenge was scratched earlier in the day, finished a distant 18th.