Hollywood plans movie on racehorse Mine That Bird

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by AP

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Posted on April 14, 2011 at 2:26 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Hollywood has an eye on Mine That Bird.
  
Plans are in the works for a movie about the New Mexico-based thoroughbred that won the 2009 Kentucky Derby as a 50-1 longshot.
  
The director will be Jim Wilson, the Academy Award-winning producer of "Dances With Wolves." The production team also includes Santa Fe resident Tony Mark, who was executive producer for the Academy Award-winner, "The Hurt Locker."
 
 Among those being considered for roles are Mine That Bird himself and three-time Kentucky Derby winning jockey Calvin Borel.
  
The film will follow the adventures of an undersized horse and his cowboy owners and trainer. The horse is owned by Dr. Leonard Blach of Roswell and is currently trained by Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas, who took the reins earlier this year from Chip Woolley.
  
Preproduction begins in February.
  
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