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From MTB to Barbaro - the roses

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  • From MTB to Barbaro - the roses

    Mine That Bird's connections pay tribute to Barbaro


    posted by Brisnet Editorial on May 03, 2009 Tags: Bennie Woolley Jr., Churchill Downs, Leonard Blach, Mark Allen, Mid-West, Mine That Bird, Racing Kentucky Derby (G1) fans who visited Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby Museum on the day after the 135th Run for the Roses got a surprise gift from the team behind MINE THAT BIRD (Birdstone), the 50-1 longshot that won the 1 1/4-mile classic on Saturday.

    Trainer Chip Woolley Jr. suggested Sunday morning that the mantle of roses worn by Mine That Bird in the Kentucky Derby winner's circle 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 Bueno 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 (EDT) 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 visiting 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 delighted 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 the 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 been handed out.

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    This had to be a very moving tribute-----

  • #2
    What a classy, thoughtful thing to do.

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    • #3
      How cool!

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      • #4
        That was a class act!
        What would you try if you knew you would not fail?

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        • #5
          Wow, what a class act. Extra kudos to MTB's owners and trainer.

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          • #6
            When I read that on Sunday I was so emotional. Very classy and outstanding group associated with Mine That Bird.
            Randee Beckman ~Otteridge Farm, LLC (http://on.fb.me/1iJEqvR)~ Marketing Manager - The Clothes Horse & Jennifer Oliver Equine Insurance Specialist

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Roulett View Post

              "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.
              Absolute class. As for giving something back to the game, they already did that. It is refreshing to see respect for the horses and humility back in the winner's circle with a national spotlight.

              Originally posted by Roulett View Post

              "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."
              Darn right.

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              • #8
                Wow, what an awesome thing for them to do.......

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                • #9
                  We need more like that in racing, the grateful, not the boastful.
                  "As a rule we disbelieve all the facts and theories for which we have no use."- William James
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                  • #10
                    That's cool. What a great thing to do. MTB seems to have classy connections all around.

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                    • #11
                      This goes to show that hard working, blue-collar people know how steeped in tradition the Derby really is.
                      It also goes to show that having lots of $$$$$ does not = having lots of class. Somehow I don't think this idea would have ever crossed the mind of the likes of Lukas, Baffert or Pletcher.
                      The only difference between a runaway and a fast gallop is nothing but a SMILE
                      Most horses cross the Rainbow Bridge, but TEDDY JUMPED IT!!!
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by pinkdiamondracing View Post
                        This goes to show that hard working, blue-collar people know how steeped in tradition the Derby really is.
                        It also goes to show that having lots of $$$$$ does not = having lots of class. Somehow I don't think this idea would have ever crossed the mind of the likes of Lukas, Baffert or Pletcher.
                        Looks like your blue collar theory has poofed. See new thread.
                        "Police officers are public servants. Not James Bond with a license to kill."

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ThisTooShallPass View Post
                          Looks like your blue collar theory has poofed.
                          I was not necessarily referring to the owner, but to the trainer. Chip Woolley is a hard working, true blue collar trainer without a lot of money. He has struggled to make it in the horse racing game, and he deserves this win.
                          The only difference between a runaway and a fast gallop is nothing but a SMILE
                          Most horses cross the Rainbow Bridge, but TEDDY JUMPED IT!!!
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                          • #14
                            is pretty well known that the dirt poor wouldnt be able to support a racehorse of their own. if you have a horse in the derby, most owners, well...many of them have some spare pocket change.

                            I think this was a very classy, respectful, and grateful thing to do by both the owners and the trainers of this gelding. No matter the money beind the owners, it just goes to show how much all of them love the game of racing and what it should truly be all about.

                            They came, they saw, and they conquered when everyone else barely said 2 cents about their horse. Now look at them. they prooved the critics wrong. if anything, its a true showing of the amount of determination and hard work they have put into their journey with this horse and they want to include those who supported them through it all.

                            Hats off to them.

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                            • #15
                              Good for them! That story made me misty and it did a lot to make me feel better about the fact that they didn't even mention MTB in any of the interviews that I saw.
                              Y'all ain't right!

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by pinkdiamondracing View Post
                                This goes to show that hard working, blue-collar people know how steeped in tradition the Derby really is.
                                It also goes to show that having lots of $$$$$ does not = having lots of class. Somehow I don't think this idea would have ever crossed the mind of the likes of Lukas, Baffert or Pletcher.

                                Do correct me if I'm wrong, but I think Lukas and Baffert got their starts in the same neighborhood as Woolley... Carl Nafgzer (sp?) too. Thus one could advance the theory that New Mexico is the breeding ground for top tb trainers?

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                                • #17
                                  How refreshing! What a difference a year makes.

                                  This horse and his connections are exactly what racing needs. So many people are talking about the Derby at work. These are people who don't know a thing about horses or racing. All of them have had a big smile when talking about this year's KD.

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                                  • #18
                                    Be nice if it became a Derby tradition, wouldn't it?
                                    "The standard you walk by is the standard you accept."--Lt. Gen. David Morrison, Austalian Army Chief

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                                    • #19
                                      I'm surprised this hasn't been done before (that I've heard of anyway). What are you going to do with 400 roses? Such a simple gesture can turn into much goodwill in an industry that really needs it. Kudos to them.

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by War Admiral View Post
                                        Be nice if it became a Derby tradition, wouldn't it?
                                        WA, I like the way you think!!!!
                                        The only difference between a runaway and a fast gallop is nothing but a SMILE
                                        Most horses cross the Rainbow Bridge, but TEDDY JUMPED IT!!!
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