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Long-odds win in Kentucky Derby

Winning jockey Calvin Borel
Borel celebrates his second Derby win in three years

Mine That Bird pulled off the second-biggest upset in Kentucky Derby history with a 50-1 triumph at Churchill Downs.

Calvin Borel, who won on Street Sense in 2007, drove the outsider to victory by six-and-three-quarter lengths ahead of Pioneer of the Nile.

It was the biggest winning margin since Assault won in 1946, and the longest-odds winner since Donerail in 1913.

"It was like he was born to run here in the dry - in the wet he looked even better," said trainer Chip Woolley.


Mine That Bird flew past 12 horses in a late surge up the rail, the same tactics Borel used to win two years ago.

"I learnt by Street Sense, being so patient with these three-year-olds," he said.

"They can only go so fast and so far. So I sat back and had a good trip and when I hollered at him he just went on."

Pre-race favourite Friesan Fire, finished 18th in the 19-horse field, with second-favourite Dunkirk coming 11th.

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