Calvin Borel
American jockey
Calvin Borel
Calvin H. Borel is an American jockey in thoroughbred horse racing and rode the victorious mount in the 2007 Kentucky Derby, the 2009 Kentucky Derby and the 2010 Kentucky Derby. His 2009 Derby win with Mine That Bird was the second biggest upset in Derby history behind Donerail, and Borel's winning margin of 6⁄4 lengths was the greatest in Derby history since Assault won by 8 lengths in 1946.
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Jockey Calvin Borel injured in spill at Keeneland
USA Today - over 3 years
Borel was 'stable, somewhat alert' after Sonic Dancer broke down in the turf race.
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Borel Leads Hall of Fame Class
NYTimes - over 3 years
Jockey Calvin Borel, who won the Kentucky Derby three times in four years, led a class of inductees into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame.
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Calvin Borel among today's National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame inductees
Yahoo News - over 3 years
SARATOGA SPRINGS — The most exclusive club in all of horse racing will welcome its newest members Friday.
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Orb Wins The 2013 Kentucky Derby
Hollywood Life - almost 4 years
The 139th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 4 definitely did not disappoint. Orb took the title in a thrilling race. Did you pick the right horse? They don’t call it “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” for nothing! The race on May 4 once again proved yet again why the Kentucky Derby is such an event, and why we all love to huddle around TVs for hours and get gussied up for only a couple minutes of action. It’s all so worth it! Orb: Kentucky Derby Winner 2013 It rained for most of the day on May 4, creating a mucky, muddy track for the horses. But there was one who ran through the muck the best — Orb. It was a close and exhilarating race, but Orb managed to pull away at the end. The 139th annual Kentucky Derby had some extremely intriguing storylines going into the race. Orb was made the odds-on favorite heading into the race and had won four straight races going in. Other well-favored horses like Verrazano and Revolutionary were chomping at the bit to win the derby, ...
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Derby Champ To Get Made-in-N.M. Movie
ABQ Journal - over 4 years
Mine That Bird’s story will hit the big screen. Calvin Borel rides Mine That Bird to a victory in the 135th Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May... Read more »
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Why Calvin Borel Is Still the Class of the Kentucky Derby
Bleacher Report - almost 5 years
If you’re a fan of Calvin Borel, then you already know he has the stones to pull an upset at Churchill Downs on every mount brought to the starting gate. This is horse racing, where nothing is guaranteed—but Borel’s recent history would beg to differ. Borel has been the class of the Kentucky Derby, as he has won three of the last five Derbys prior to Saturday’s race. All of them brought double-digit payoffs to those who were lucky enough to be holding a winning ticket, and that includes a 2009 ride on Mine That Bird, who paid $103.20 on a $2 bet. That was the largest payoff from a Derby winner since Donerail in 1913, who won the race at odds of more than 91/1. All during the Derby prep season, handicappers were waiting and watching to see which horse Borel would be riding. If you’re asking why, well his name on a Kentucky Derby mount means the horse’s odds are lower than expected. His proven mystique appears yearly on the first weekend of May, as Derby favorites are often all d ...
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I'll Have Another wins Kentucky Derby
KTUU Alaska - almost 5 years
I'll Have Another chased down Bodemeister in the stretch to capture the 138th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. With first-time Derby jockey Mario Gutierrez aboard, I'll Have Another stayed off the blazing pace set by Bodemeister and Trinniberg and closed strong for trainer Doug O'Neill to finish in 2:01.83. I'll Have Another went off at 13-1 odds and paid $32.60 to win. Bodemeister, the second betting favorite at 5-1, held off a charging Dullahan for second place. Pre-race favorite Union Rags finished seventh. The other Fair Hill horse, Went The Day Well, trained by Graham Motion, who won last year's Kentucky Derby with Animal Kingdom, finished a strong fourth. Despite overnight rains, the track was considered fast after several early races. Bob Baffert's speedy colt Bodemeister had been trying to trample 130 years of history by becoming the first horse in 130 years to win American's most prestigious race after not competing as a 2-year-old. ...
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Expected fast pace adds to uncertainty for Saturday's Kentucky Derby
Cleveland - almost 5 years
The 20-horse field for Saturday's race is so stacked that unbeaten Gemologist is no better than third choice on the morning line. (function() { var csprtjs = document.createElement('script'); csprtjs.type = 'text/javascript'; csprtjs.async = true; csprtjs.src = ''; var first_s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; first_s.parentNode.insertBefore(csprtjs, first_s); })(); LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Hot pace. Muggy day. One of the deepest, most-talented fields in years. A delicious stew with all the ingredients for an unpredictable Kentucky Derby. The 20-horse field for Saturday's race is so stacked that unbeaten Gemologist is no better than third choice on the morning line. In other years, the colt would be the talk of the Derby. In this one, early favorites Bodemeister and Union Rags have grabbed the spotlight. Still, some ver ...
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POLE POSITION: Kentucky Derby Sets The Field
WHO TV - almost 5 years
Donegal Racing was hoping for a good draw, and they got it. Iowa owned horse Dullahan drew the 5th pole position in the Kentucky Derby Wednesday. Dullahan is 8-1 and the fourth favorite in a twenty horse field.  The favorite is Bodemeister at 4-1 Here is the post-position draw for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby: 1. Daddy Long Legs Jockey: Colm O’Donoghue Trainer: Aidan O’Brien Odds: 30-1 2. Optimizer Jockey: Jon Court Trainer: Wayne Lukas Odds: 50-1 3. Take Charge Indy Jockey: Calvin Borel Trainer: Pat Byrne Odds: 15-1 4. Union Rags Jockey: Julien Leparoux Trainer: Michael Matz Odds: 9-2 5. Dullahan Jockey: Kent Desormeaux Trainer: Dale Romans Odds: 8-1 6. Bodemeister Jockey: Mike Smith Trainer: Bob Baffert Odds: 4-1 7. Rousing Sermon Jockey: Jose Lezcano Trainer: Jerry Hollendorfer Odds: 50-1 8. Creative Cause Jockey: Joel Rosario Trainer: Michael Harrington Odds: 12-1 9. Trinniberg Jockey: Willie Martinez Trainer: Bisnath Parboo Odds: 50- ...
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Horse Racing: 2012 Countdown to the Triple Crown…with a little different look
isports web - almost 5 years
Those of you who have been with me for a while know I’ve been involved in the sport of Horse Racing, in some capacity, for 32 years. I’ve worked at breeding farms, on the backstretch of BelmontPark, and as a correspondent (or writer). Of course, thru all 32 years, I’ve been a fan and handicapper. That being said, I can’t remember a year where the three year old crop has been as strong as the current one. Don’t get me wrong; I’ve said a million times before that the Kentucky Derby, year in and year out, is far and away the toughest race to figure out or handicap. The 2012 Kentucky Derby is absolutely no different. There are no less than eight horses with a 110% legitimate chance to be wearing the blanket of roses in the late afternoon of May 5th. At one time, I thought Union Rags stood alone as the horse to beat….honestly, I’m not quite sure of that right now. Instead of doing my usual ranking, from 1 to 25 (or so), I’ve decided to look at things slightly different this week to maybe… ...
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Gemologist Unbeaten, Stays No. 2 Derby Contender
Lex 18 - almost 5 years
Derby fever is springing up all over. Owner Kendall Hansen has it now, saying he "can hardly work" as he counts down the week before his horse named Hansen runs in the Kentucky Derby on May 5. First, Hansen has one more prep race, and that's the Blue Grass Stakes on Saturday at Keeneland, about a 90-minute drive from Louisville. The near-white colt will be facing about a dozen rivals on the synthetic Polytrack, including fellow Derby hopefuls Dullahan and Howe Great. While Hansen remains No. 1 in the AP's latest Run to the Roses' Top 10, Gemologist affirmed his No. 2 status ahead of No. 3 Union Rags with a hard-fought win in the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on Saturday. Out West, I'll Have Another joined the growing list of potential Derby favorites with a nose victory over top choice Creative Cause in the Santa Anita Derby. The result moved I'll Have Another up five spots to No. 4, and Creative Cause up one to No. 6, behind Florida Derby winner Take Charge Indy. Gotham winner and ...
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Wagering down at Ellis Park's live meet - Evansville Courier & Press
Google News - over 5 years
Jockey Calvin Borel won the riding title with 32 winners, while apprentice Roberto Morales was the leading “bug boy” with 26 wins for the season. The meet, which began July 2, concluded Monday with a crowd of 6213, ahead of Sunday's attendance of 5958
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Maryland uniforms weren't the only fresh thing about its season opener - Washington Post
Google News - over 5 years
Or it borrowed Calvin Borel's jockey outfit from the Preakness, I couldn't tell. Splotches of color. Pomp. Passion in the fourth quarter. It was college football unsuccessfully masquerading as a fashion show. I came to see Miami's resolve after eight
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Calvin Borel
  • 2016
    Age 49
    On March 30, 2016, Borel announced he would be retiring from horse racing.
    More Details Hide Details However, on August 15, he came out of retirement.
  • 2014
    Age 47
    Borel played himself in the 2014 feature film 50 to 1, about Mine that Bird's 2009 Kentucky Derby win.
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  • 2013
    Age 46
    On March 7, 2013, Borel earned his 5000th victory at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas while riding Hezunusual in the 6th race.
    More Details Hide Details He dedicated the win to his agent of over 20 years, Jerry Hissam who is ill. Borel is the 26th North American jockey to reach 5000 victories.
  • 2011
    Age 44
    On August 20, 2011, Borel was arrested in Evansville, Indiana for allegedly driving while intoxicated.
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  • 2010
    Age 43
    On June 4, 2010, Borel became only the second jockey to win 1,000 career races at Churchill Downs, joining Hall of Famer Pat Day.
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    After winning the race, Borel promised that he would win the Triple Crown in 2010, but he lost the Preakness.
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    On May 1, 2010, he rode Super Saver to win his 3rd Kentucky Derby in a 4-year span, the first jockey ever to do so.
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    Borel was named the winner of the 2010 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award.
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  • 2009
    Age 42
    On June 27, 2009, he guided Rachel Alexandra to a victory in the Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park, setting a new stakes record, the only horse to break a record held by the great filly Ruffian.
    More Details Hide Details Borel then rode her to a six-length victory over Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird in the Haskell Invitational. On September 5 of the same year, he rode Rachel Alexandra to a historic victory in the Woodward Stakes. It was the first time a filly of any age had won that storied race.
    However, on June 6, 2009, Borel finished 3rd on Mine That Bird in the Belmont Stakes, failing to accomplish a jockey Triple Crown.
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    On May 16, 2009, Borel won the Preakness Stakes on Rachel Alexandra (after that horse was sold following the Derby).
    More Details Hide Details This accomplishment marked the first time that a jockey won the first two legs of the Triple Crown on different horses, and Borel, with a win in the Belmont, could become the first Triple Crown winner since Steve Cauthen accomplished it in 1978 on Affirmed. A win would have made him only the second individual to win the Triple Crown by sweeping the races with different horses (D. Wayne Lukas, a trainer, also did so in 1995).
    May 2, 2009, saw Borel win the Kentucky Derby on Mine That Bird, a 50–1 long shot, a day after winning the Kentucky Oaks aboard favorite Rachel Alexandra.
    More Details Hide Details It was only the second time since 1993 that a jockey has won the Oaks-Derby combo, and he was just the seventh jockey overall to accomplish this feat in the same year.
  • 2008
    Age 41
    With his victory in the July 5, 2008 Bashford Manor Stakes, he became the thirty-fourth jockey in North American Thoroughbred racing history to win 4,500 races.
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  • 2007
    Age 40
    On July 5, 2007, Borel became the sixth jockey in the history of Churchill Downs to win six races on a single race card.
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    Borel then won the 2007 Kentucky Derby aboard Street Sense, guiding the colt to a length victory over Hard Spun.
    More Details Hide Details He next had a close second-place finish aboard Street Sense in the Preakness Stakes to Curlin.
  • 2006
    Age 39
    His riding career began to surge in June 2006 when he won the $750,000 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs with 91–1 longshot Seek Gold, getting up in the final stride to win by a nose over Perfect Drift and paying $185.40 to win.
    More Details Hide Details That year was his big break when he won his first Breeders' Cup on Street Sense in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
  • 1966
    Born on November 7, 1966.
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