I saw this on another chat board and wanted to share. How classy are Mine That Bird's people
"As further evidence that New Mexico cowboys who train 50-1 longshot racehorses that can win the Kentucky Derby are cool, here's a story that appeared this morning on thehorse.com http://www.thehorse.com/
Derby-Winning Connections Give Roses to Fans
Visitors to Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby Museum May 3, the day after the 135th "Run for the Roses," got a surprise gift from the team behind Mine That Bird, the 50-1 longshot who won the Kentucky Derby.
Trainer Chip Woolley Jr. suggested Sunday morning that the mantle of roses worn by Mine That Bird in the Kentucky Derby winner's circle after his victory be placed on the new sculpture of 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro located at Churchill Downs' Gate 1 entrance. After consulting with co-owners Mark Allen with Double Eagle Ranch and Dr. Leonard Blach of Buena Suerte Equine, the trio decided to give the nearly 400 "Freedom Roses" that make up the garland to Derby fans who were visiting the Barbaro Memorial and the Kentucky Derby Museum on the day after the race.
The garland had been stored in refrigeration overnight in the museum, and at noon was briefly placed over the rail of the Barbaro sculpture in tribute to the ill-fated 2006 winner of the Kentucky Derby. The garland was then removed and Woolley and Allen began handing out the roses, one-by-one, to fans who happened by the larger-than-life sculpture as they visited the museum and Churchill Downs
"This is a tribute to a great horse," Woolley said. "I wanted everyone to have a little piece of the Derby. We wanted to give something back to the game. We just want to show how important horses really are. That's what this is all about. We want people to know just how important these horses really are to us. They're not just animals, they're a part of us
A line of fans formed in front of the Barbaro sculpture as they awaited their opportunity for a Derby rose won by Mine That Bird, and Woolley and Allen also posed for photos and signed autographs until each rose had been distributed. The two men greeted fans in front of the Barbaro Memorial for more than an hour and a half until each rose from the garland had beenhanded out."
Definately a different kind of Derby winning team. On a tangent, Wooley reminds me of a young Richard Petty..I kept waiting for them to start thanking their sponsors in the winner's circle..
Y'all know Mike Allen is the son of Bill Allen, the star witness in the corruption trial of former Sen Ted Stevens and that he (Mike Allen) took part in bribing a member of the legislature but was immunized from prosecution as part of his father's plea deal right? And that the horse was reportedly bought with money from the sale of VECO Corp, an oil services company owned by the Allen family that likely received favorable contracts over the years as a direct result of said bribery? They had to sell it for a huge sum after the executive officers were indicted and all.