LOUISVILLE, Ky. – No alleged expert picked him to win, and his odds were 50-1. And nobody could catch Mine That Bird, the obscure shipper from New Mexico, as he drew clear by 6 3/4 lengths under jockey Calvin Borel on Saturday at Churchill Downs in the 135th Kentucky Derby.

The colt cost $9,500 as a yearling, and his trainer is Bennie “Chip” Woolley, a 45-year-old native of New Mexico. After Mine That Bird finished fourth and second in two minor stakes at Sunland Park in New Mexico, Woolley drove a pickup truck pulling a van containing Mine That Bird on a 21-hour, 1,700-mile trek to Louisville. Last year’s champion Canadian 2-year-old colt was ignored, and his presence in the field was widely questioned.

“Maybe now, they’ll know who I am,” Woolley said. He wore a black cowboy hat and limped into the winner’s circle on crutches. He broke his right ankle in a motorcycle accident.

Mine That Bird paid $103.20, the second-highest price in Derby history, behind only Donerail’s $184.90 payoff in 1913. It was one of the most stunning results in Derby history. The son of Birdstone went from last to first, running 1 1/4 miles on a sloppy track in 2:02.66 before a shocked crowd of 153,563.

Borel came up the rail, his favorite spot, in a trouble-free trip strangely reminiscent of his winning journey with Street Sense in the 2007 Derby. Pioneerof the Nile edged Long Island-based Musket Man by a nose for second, and Papa Clem was fourth, a head farther back. Favored Friesan Fire finished 18th of 19.

“It was a Street Sense trip,” said Borel, who thanked his late parents, Clovis and Ella. “I love you, mommy and daddy. I wish you were here. It’s unbelievable.

“I knew that if I could get through along the rail, it would be Katie bar the door from there.”

Borel extended Cajun riders’ Derby winning streak to three-Kent Desormeaux won last year. Borel also won the fillies’ Derby, the Kentucky Oaks, on Friday in a 20 1/4-length runaway on Rachel Alexandra.

The 3-1 morning-line favorite, I Want Revenge, who is co-owned by Long Island-based IEAH Stables, was scratched Saturday morning because of an undiagnosed ankle problem. Trainer Jeff Mullins said he thought it was unlikely that I Want Revenge would run in the Preakness Stakes on May 16 at Pimlico in Baltimore.

IEAH, which campaigned Big Brown to victory in the Derby and Preakness last year, was hoping to become the first owner in 36 years to win consecutive Derbys. Meadow Stable did it in 1972 and 1973 with Riva Ridge and Triple Crown winner Secretariat.

Friesan Fire, one of only two horses in the field of 19 to have won on an off track, took the most money in the advance betting at the track Friday and was the 7-2 choice at post time. The Arab-owned Desert Party was the other off-track winner, at 6 furlongs last summer in the Saratoga mud. Friesan Fire dominated the 11/16-mile Louisiana Derby by 71/2 lengths March 14 at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans.

Overnight rain made the track sloppy by dawn, and there was no sun at sunrise, or at any other time in the morning or in the afternoon. Temperatures in the 50s, about 20 degrees below average here in early May, did nothing to help dry the track. Not since 2004, when Smarty Jones won in the slop, had the Derby been run on anything but a fast track.

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