Birds of a feather: Ripken took shot on Derby winner

Generally, you're not going to find a good rationale for betting a 50-1 long shot in the Daily Racing Form, so the bettors who laid down their hard-earned cash on Mine That Bird to win the Kentucky Derby probably had their own reasons.

Take Cal and Kelly Ripken, for instance.

The Ripkens have made a practice of attending the Derby every year with a group of friends, and they couldn't help but notice the seeming Cal-vergence of circumstances that pointed to the supposed no-chance entry from New Mexico.

The horse is called Mine That Bird, which appealed to the man who played for the Orioles all those years, and it was going to be ridden by Calvin Borel, who shares a first name with the Orioles Hall of Famer. The fact that the horse was coming out of the No. 8 slot clinched it. How could Cal and Kelly and all their friends not bet on Mine That Bird?

Ripken spokesman John Maroon confirmed that the entire suite bet the long shot and had quite a celebration after he made a Seabiscuit-like run for the roses. No word, however, on how much was bet or won, though it's pretty hard not to win a significant amount of money when a 50-1 shot comes in.

So, will they let it ride on the Preakness?

Apparently not. Maroon said Cal and Kelly are not planning to attend the second jewel of racing's Triple Crown.

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