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Now THATS class - Derby Roses Given Away

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  • Now THATS class - Derby Roses Given Away

    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."

  • #2
    Yep, one of my friends got one of them.
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    • #3
      Now that's what I call class! So nice of them to share!
      "The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." Albert Einstein



      • #4
        WOW. It seems that the real class in horseracing lies not in the hall of fame trainers, but in the little guys.
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        • #5
          Not just "class" but a sign of character and integrity. God bless 'em!
          <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.


          • #6
            There is hope for this business after all ...
            "One person's cowboy is another person's blooming idiot" -- katarine

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            • #7
              This just goes to show you that it doesn't matter how much money you have-- class is not something you can buy-- you either got it ---- or you ain't!!!!

              Chip Woolley and his crew have given racing a true shot in the arm and given hope to the little guy in the business!!!!
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              • #8
                That's cool.
                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..


                • #9
                  Very classy indeed! Brings tears to my eyes to think of the roses on Barbaro's statue.


                  • #10
                    That is so wonderful it made me cry. I just wish all the owners and trainers were like them. Thanks for posting
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                    • #11
                      WOW! What a super idea! CONGRATULATIONS to Team Bird's winners for sharing!


                      • #12
                        A gesture of true class! Wish more people in the horse business were like that... May more great things come their way!
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                        • #13
                          Outstanding. Hooray for real sportsmanship and class.
                          I tolerate all kinds of animal idiosyncrasies.
                          I've found that I don't tolerate people idiosyncrasies as well. - Casey09


                          • #14
                            "The standard you walk by is the standard you accept."--Lt. Gen. David Morrison, Austalian Army Chief


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Lori B View Post
                              Outstanding. Hooray for real sportsmanship and class.
                              "If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there"


                              • #16
                                I like the story about how the owners and the trainer met



                                • #17

                                  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.

                                  Just sayin'

                                  It was a nice suggestion on the trainers part.