Saturday, May 16, 2009

Calvin Borel | Jockey | Just a nice guy from Louisville Kentucky

For those of us who follow horse racing you got to love this little guy.  Calvin is simply down to earth and as nice a person as you would ever want to meet.  He is deserving of this tribute here as a GarysWorld Appalachia 'Famous Appalachian'.  Although Calvin was born in Louisiana we count him as a true Appalachian.   Congratulations Calvin for your success this year in winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.  Good luck in the Belmont.

Jockey Calvin Borel won the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) May 1 on heavy favorite Rachel Alexandra, and the following day in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), he scored a huge upset on Mine That Bird.

"I did a Street Sense ride," Borel said, referring to his winning ride aboard Street Sense in the 2007 Derby.

Borel is known for bringing horses up the rail and is affectionately called "Calvin Bo-Rail."

In the 19-horse field, only one horse was longer odds than the 50-1 price on Mine That Bird. That was the 55-1 odds on Atomic Rain.

Borel was even more demonstrative than when he won on Street Sense. He was crying, screaming, and pumping his fist in the air as he brought the son of Birdstone back to the winners circle.

After he squirted through on the rail in the stretch, Mine That Bird drew off under Borel to win by 6 ¾ lengths.

Here is Calvin's story:
Reference: Wiki
Calvin H. Borel (born in St. Martinville, Louisiana) is an American jockey in thoroughbred horse racing and rode the victorious mount in both the 2007 Kentucky Derby and 2009 Kentucky Derby. His latter win with Mine That Bird was the second biggest upset in Derby history behind Donerail, and Borel's winning margin of 6 3/4 lengths was the greatest in Derby history since Assault won by 8 lengths in 1946. On May 1, 2009, Borel won the Kentucky Oaks aboard Rachel Alexandra, only the second time since 1993 that a jockey has won the Oaks-Derby combo and just the seventh jockey overall to accomplish this feat in the same year. On May 16th 2009, Borel won the 2009 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.

BALTIMORE - The matchup went down as billed at the Preakness Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico, with Kentucky Oaks winner Rachel Alexandra holding off fast-closing Mine That Bird to win the 134th Preakness Stakes in a hard-fought one-length victory.

Riding titles

Delta Downs (1985, 1986, 1987)

Louisiana Downs (1991, 1992, 1994)

Oaklawn Park (1995, 2001)

Ellis Park (1995)

Churchill Downs (1998, 2006)

Turfway Park (2000)

Kentucky Downs (2005)

Pimlico Race Course (2009)







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