2009 Kentucky Derby

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135th Kentucky Derby
Presented by Yum! Brands
Kentucky Derby
2009kyderbylogo.jpeg
Official logo for the 2009 Kentucky Derby
LocationChurchill Downs
DateMay 2, 2009
Winning horseMine That Bird
JockeyCalvin Borel
ConditionsSloppy
SurfaceDirt
2008
2010
 
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135th Kentucky Derby
Presented by Yum! Brands
Kentucky Derby
2009kyderbylogo.jpeg
Official logo for the 2009 Kentucky Derby
LocationChurchill Downs
DateMay 2, 2009
Winning horseMine That Bird
JockeyCalvin Borel
ConditionsSloppy
SurfaceDirt
2008
2010

The 2009 Kentucky Derby was the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby. The value of the race was $2,177,000 in stakes.[1] The race was sponsored by Yum! Brands and hence officially was called Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands.[1] The race took place on May 2, 2009, and was televised in the United States on the NBC television network. The Atlanta-based Southern Tourism Society named the Kentucky Derby Festival, which was April 11 to May 1, as one of the top tourist attractions in the Southeast for the first half of 2009.[2] The post time was 6:24 p.m. EDT (10:24 p.m. UTC).[3] The official attendance at Churchill Downs was 153,563.[4]

Payout[edit]

The 135th Kentucky Derby Payout Schedule

Program
Number
Horse Name
Win
Place
Show
8Mine That Bird$ 103.20$54.00$25.80
16Pioneer of The Nile-$8.40$6.40
2Musket Man--$12.00

Results[edit]

"Down toward the inside coming on through, that is, uh, Mine That Bird, now is coming on to take the lead as they come to the finish. In a spectacular...spectacular upset...Mine that Bird has won the Kentucky Derby! An impossible result here!"

NBC Sports race announcer Tom Durkin calling the end of the race

The ending of the race came as a complete and utter shock to those in attendance as Mine That Bird, trained by "Chip" Woolley, Jr. and ridden by Calvin Borel, came back from dead last out of the first turn to take the lead in the final furlong. He took the lead so fast after the final turn that NBC Sports race announcer Tom Durkin didn't notice that the gelding took the lead until it had a three-length opening ahead of the pack. Mine That Bird had the longest margin of victory in over 60 years, and was the longest-odds horse to win the Derby in over 85 years.[5]

ResultsPostHorseStakes
Win8Mine That Bird$1,417,000
Place16Pioneerof the Nile$400,000
Show2Musket Man$200,000
Fourth7Papa Clem$100,000
Fifth11Chocolate Candy$60,000

The Field[edit]

Post positions were drawn Thursday, April 30, 2009.[6][7]

PostHorse nameTrainerJockeyOpening OddsStarting OddsFinishing Pos.
1West Side BernieKelly J. BreenStewart Elliott30-132.409
2Musket ManDerek S. RyanEibar Coa20-119.003
3Mr. Hot StuffEoin G. HartyJohn Velazquez30-128.4015
4AdviceTodd PletcherRene Douglas30-149.0013
5Hold Me BackWilliam I. MottKent Desormeaux15-112.7012
6Friesan FireJ. Larry JonesGabriel Saez5-13.80 Fav.18
7Papa ClemGary StuteRafael Bejarano20-112.204
8Mine That BirdBennie L. Woolley, Jr.Calvin Borel50-150.601
9Join in the DanceTodd PletcherChris DeCarlo50-151.407
10Regal RansomSaeed bin SuroorAlan Garcia30-122.608
11Chocolate CandyJerry HollendorferMike E. Smith20-110.005
12General QuartersThomas R. McCarthyJulien Leparoux20-110.3010
13I Want RevengeJeff MullinsJoe Talamo3-1 Scratched[8]
14Atomic RainKelly J. BreenJoe Bravo50-155.2016
15DunkirkTodd PletcherEdgar Prado4-15.2011
16Pioneerof the NileBob BaffertGarrett Gomez4-16.302
17Summer BirdTim A. IceChris Rosier50-143.606
18Nowhere to HideNick ZitoShaun Bridgmohan50-145.5017
19Desert PartySaeed bin SuroorRamon A. Dominguez15-114.8014
20Flying PrivateD. Wayne LukasRobby Albarado50-146.6019

Scratches[edit]

I Want Revenge was scratched on the morning of the race because of lameness issues in the colt's left front ankle.[8] In addition, Quality Road, who had been an early favorite,[9] was withdrawn from the race on April 27 because of a quarter crack in his right front hoof.[10]

Betting[edit]

Churchill Downs scheduled their first futures wager pool for the year to begin on February 12, with two subsequent pools opening on March 12 and April 2. Offering 24 betting options (23 individual horses at odds ranging from 10-1 to 50-1, and an "All others" option at 5-2 odds), favorites include Capt. Candyman Can and Old Fashioned at 10-1, followed by Friesan Fire, Midshipman, Pioneerof the Nile, Stardom Bound, This Ones for Phil, and Vineyard Haven at 12-1.[11]

After the starter draw for the running, I Want Revenge was installed as the 3-1 morning line favorite.[12] His scratch later in the morning marked the first time that the morning line favorite was scratched on the day of the race.

Friesan Fire started the race as the 19-5 (3.80-1) favorite.[1]

Performance[edit]

Chief Party Officer[edit]

Building on the longstanding tradition of drinking, partying, and general revelry in the infield, Churchill Downs officials announced that they are accepting applications to be the second "Chief Party Officer." According to Chief Marketing Officer Dave Tompkins, "The non-stop revelry can test the most die-hard partiers, so a CPO candidate must be able to take the reins and lead our infield nation to new heights of fun and frivolity."[13] In an effort to promote the position, Tim "Stymie" Snyder, the 2008 Chief Party Officer, attended Super Bowl XLIII to personally recruit applicants.[14] The winner was announced March 6, and prizes include use of an RV (billed as a "luxurious boardroom on wheels") for the year.[15] This year's Chief Party Officer is Nick Ferrara.

[edit]

On November 1, 2008, Churchill Downs unveiled the 2009 Kentucky Derby logo. At the same time, they unveiled the 2009 Kentucky Oaks logo with similar design elements, as well as undated versions of each, which officials indicated will be used year-round.[16][17]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Official Chart of 2009 Kentucky Derby". Equibase. 2009-05-02. Retrieved 2009-05-02. 
  2. ^ "Tourism society lists Kentucky events among top in Southeast". Business First. 2009-01-12. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  3. ^ "2009 Kentucky Derby Preview: TV Schedule, Post Positions, and Odds". Midwest Sports Fan. 2009-04-30. Archived from the original on 4 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-02. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Ed DeRosa and Mike Curry (2009-05-03). "Canadian champion wins American classic". Thoroughbred Times. Archived from the original on 2009-07-29. Retrieved 2009-05-03. 
  5. ^ "Long-odds win in Kentucky Derby". BBC Sport. 2009-05-03. Archived from the original on 4 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-03. 
  6. ^ McGee, Marty (2009-04-29). "I Want Revenge 3-1 Derby favorite". Daily Racing Form. Archived from the original on 4 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  7. ^ The 2009 Kentucky Derby at the NTRA
  8. ^ a b DeRosa, Ed (2009-05-02). "I Want Revenge scratched from Kentucky Derby". Thoroughbred Times. Archived from the original on 5 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-02. 
  9. ^ Drape, Joe (2009-04-26). "Quality Road Remains Questionable for Derby". New York Times' The Rail blog. Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  10. ^ Drape, Joe (2009-04-27). "Quality Road Out of the Derby". New York Times' The Rail blog. Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  11. ^ Rees, Jennie (2009-02-10). "Kentucky Derby Future Wager opens Thursday". Louisville Courier-Journal. Retrieved 2009-02-10. [dead link]
  12. ^ McGee, Marty (2009-04-29). "I Want Revenge 3-1 Derby favorite". Daily Racing Form. Archived from the original on 4 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  13. ^ "Churchill seeks Derby party officer". Business First. 2009-01-29. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  14. ^ "Churchill seeking 2009 chief party officer". Thoroughbred Times. 2009-01-28. Archived from the original on 31 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  15. ^ "Party On". Louisville Courier-Journal. 2009-01-30. Retrieved 2009-02-09. [dead link]
  16. ^ "Churchill Downs Unveils Official Event Logos for 2009 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks". Finanz Nachrichten. 2008-11-01. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  17. ^ "Churchill Downs Unveils Official Event Logos for 2009 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks". Finanzen.net. 2008-11-01. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 

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