The horseracing world is in shock today as the Mine That Bird, a 50-1 long shot, ran away with the Kentucky Derby. Equally shocking is the fact that the horse was trained by country music singer and popular member of the musical duo Big & Rich, John Rich.
Rich, pictured above being interviewed after the race (left) and big pimpin' on tour in a BWP file photo (right), frequently includes lyrics about horses in his music and has been a race enthusiast since he was a child. His song "Save a Horse, Ride A Cowboy", about the importance of healthy and safe horse breeding/racing, has gotten much play in the horse racing world as of late, after the tragic deaths of horses Barbaro and Eight Belles.
"It's a dream come true," Rich said after the race. "I'm glad that we were able to have a good clean race without any serious horse injuries."
"Now that I have achieved my ultimate horseracing goals, I plan on moving onto my next project of raising awareness about the sad state of our economy and deteriorating state of the autobile industry," Rich said, referring to his latest hit single "Shutting Detroit Down".
Good Luck Mr. Rich, we're all rooting for you.