Thursday, July 12, 2012

mine that bird

I've been thinking a lot about hope lately.

This video of the 2009 Kentucky Derby is my favorite example these days.
I'm not a huge horse racing enthusiast but I can't help but get swept up in the drama,
watching the impossible materialize...

mine that bird
trailing the entire first half of the race
winner with 50:1 odds

How do you get a bum horse that lost 31 of its last 32 races to win the Kentucky Derby?!?
When they interviewed the jockey after this historic race he simply said:
"I rode him like a good horse"

I've been thinking a lot about hope lately

and I'm considering renaming it blind, stupid, determination.  


  1. Funny you posted this. One of the women that I cycle with in my cycling club owns his mother. The dam of Mine That Bird lives right down the road from where I work.

  2. That is amazing. It's easy to feel like you are a 50/1 shot who is way too far behind to ever hope of catching up.

    Actually, sometimes I feel more like the best-looking horse at the glue factory.

  3. Coy that connection is wild!! if you run into the horse anytime soon, thank her for birthing some inspiration!!

    and Tom, I know exactly what you mean, seeing as I possess a plethora of broken parts