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Hollywood movie features New Mexico horse

Monday, March 24, 2014 - 11:56pm

A New Mexico horse racing legend is now the subject of a Hollywood film.

50 to 1 is based on the true life story of Mine That Bird -- which won the Kentucky Derby in 2009 despite 50 to 1 odds.

The horse's owners live in New Mexico. The movie is directed by Academy Award winning producer Jim Wilson which produced "Dances with Wolves."

On Monday he and several actors stopped in El Paso to talk about the movie.

"We're going to criss cross seven states on the way to the Kentucky Derby. We're kind of taking the same trip Chip Wooly did, the trainer, with the horse, and he was right here in your back yard in Sunland Park and that's what's great. This is El Paso's story. This is Sunland Park going to the derby," said Jim Wilson, the director of the film.

The film includes footage from the 2009 Sunland Derby, where Mine That Bird placed fourth.

The film opens in Texas on April 4th.


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