The trio joined a crowd of more than 200 extras to recreate portions of the 2008 Breeders Cup, where trainer Chip Woolley (Ulrich), and racehorse owners Mark Allen (Kane) and Leonard ‘Doc’ Blach (Devane) watched their newly acquired gelding, Mine That Bird, in the Juvenile Cup race, just months before his historic victory in the Kentucky Derby on May 2, 2009.
Wilson, who produced such box-office hits as Dances With Wolves, The Bodyguard and Message In A Bottle, helmed the production, which filmed for 40 days in more than 35 locations throughout New Mexico, Kentucky and California, including weeks at the famed racetracks of Churchill Downs, Santa Anita and Sunland Park.
Based on the true story of Mine That Bird, the film recounts the madcap journey of these misfit cowboys and their crooked-footed racehorse, which not only won the Derby, but also the hearts of millions as it rallied from nearly 30 lengths back in one of the most spectacular finishes in Derby history.
The fun-filled underdog story also stars newcomer Madelyn Deutch and the legendary, three-time Kentucky Derby winning jockey Calvin Borel, who plays himself in the movie. Also sharing the screen is broadcast commentator Laffit Pincay III.
Wilson and co-writer Faith Conroy penned the script, creating a story Conroy called “a really fun romp with heart.”
“50 to 1” was produced by Ten Furlongs LLC.