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Dr. Leonard P. Blach

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Phone: (210) ***-****  HQ Phone
2718 West Woodlawn Ave.
San Antonio , Texas 78228
United States


Employment History

  • Co-Owner
    Mine That Bird
  • Owners


  • DVM
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Eastern New Mexico State Fair, 7 Nov 2014 [cached]
Dr. Leonard Blach, DVM
The cast includes Skeet Ulrich as ..., 17 July 2014 [cached]
The cast includes Skeet Ulrich as horse trainer "Chip" Woolley; Golden Globe Award nominee and two-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee William Devane is playing equine veterinarian Dr. Leonard Blach, co-owner of Mine That Bird; Screen Actors Guild Award nominee and "True Bloods" star Todd Lowe is portraying racing manager Kelly Denninton; Madelyn Deutch plays exercise rider Alex Ayres; Teen Choice Award nominee and "Leverage" star Christian Kane as Mine That Bird co-owner Mark Allen; Bruce Wayne Eckelman is playing the world renowned racehorse trainer Bob Baffert; and jockey Calvin Borel is playing Himself.
Dr. Leonard Blach sure is ..., 12 June 2014 [cached]
Dr. Leonard Blach sure is having a lot of fun as he nears 80 years old. That's just the way it is when you end up being co-owner of a Kentucky Derby winner well past your 70th birthday. "I never dreamed of that happening," he said by phone earlier this week. "That in itself was a big surprise. Then to make a movie about him, that's an even bigger surprise. "Him" is the horse Mine That Bird, the 50-to-1 longshot that won the 2009 Kentucky Derby, and spawned the making of the movie "50-1." The movie will be shown at the Yuma Theater, Saturday through Thursday, with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday, then 7 p.m. showings Monday through Thursday. It is rated PG-13. Mine That Bird will not be in town for the Saturday premier, but Blach said he was going to try his best to be here, though it was not certain as he has an appointment on Friday that he must keep. Blach, a veterinarian, grew up on the family farm in the Yuma area, one of eight children in the Herman and Ella Blach clan. Blach's brother Harold is the only one who still lives in the Yuma area. Leonard Blach left Yuma after graduating from high school in 1952, earned a degree in veterinarian medicine. He went on to become a successful doctor in equine medicine, owning and operating Buena Suerte Equine Clinic in Roswell, New Mexico. Blach has been there since the 1960s. New Mexico has a thriving horse racing community, with six tracks comprising a year-round circuit. Besides the myriad of services offered by his equine clinic, Blach also bought interests in race horses off and on through the years, but never went in too deeply. "It's a game in which you've got to have some discretionary funds," he said, adding it was only ever done as a business investment. Blach and partner Mark Allen, who owns Double Eagle Ranch in Roswell, ended up purchasing a little-known race horse named Mine That Bird in 2008.
Blach said he was not sure he wanted to buy an interest in the horse, adding they talked about it over a bottle of tequila before making a decision. The gelding won four of his first six starts before being purchased by Allen and Blach.
"We didn't even know we had a horse eligible (for the Kentucky Derby)," Blach said. It turns out that Mine That Bird had enough winnings to be 18th in money earned in graded stakes. At that time, the top 20 qualified for the Derby. Blach noted that luckily the Kentucky Derby people were keeping track. He said the first time they were called about Mine That Bird being eligible for the prestigious race, they thought it was a joke and hung up on the man. "The man called up a couple of days later again and said 'don't hang up, this is for real,'" Blach said.
"Us cowboys, we went out there and beat them," Blach said. "They just ignored us when we were out there. They weren't mean to us, they just ignored us." They did not mind the anonymity; Blach said they would duck into the tack room whenever they saw the press coming around the barns for interviews. "We didn't know what to say," he recalled.
Veteran actor William Devane plays Blach.
"You'll like it when you see it," Blach said. "Every little scene you see actually happened." The film premiered in Albuquerque, with Harold and some of his family also attending, then cast, crew and horse set out on a road trip promoting the film as it opened in limited theaters. The tour covered New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky. The movie has been very well received, and is opening in more locations as it gains traction. Blach said it has to play before the right demographic.
Blach related about how at the premier, Borel was just a few seats away, and as the movie version of Mine That Bird heads toward the finish line, "He was bent over just like he was riding the horse."
Trained by Michael Joiner, who will ..., 31 Aug 2014 [cached]
Trained by Michael Joiner, who will also saddle the Futurity's fastest qualifier Thunderball B, Tempting Destiny is owned by Mark Allen, Leonard Blach, Henry Southway and Linda Joiner.
Allen and Blach were owners of 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird.
"It'll make you laugh, make you ..., 19 Mar 2014 [cached]
"It'll make you laugh, make you cry, its just a great movie, a great story of how it all happened from the beginning to the end," explained Leonard Blach, co-owner of Mine That Bird.
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