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Calvin Borel - Super Jockey

Updated on April 17, 2011

Calvin Borel Rides Super Saver to a Win at the 136th Kentucky Derby

Calvin Borel Has Rode the Three of the Last Four Derby Winners

The 136th edition of the Kentucky Derby once again was exciting. But it was jockey Calvin Borel on top of the winning horse, Super Saver. Super Saver won by holding off a charging Icebox to win the Kentucky Derby. Calvin Borel is definitely one of the hottest jockeys in the business.

In 2007, Borel rode Street Sense to his first Kentucky Derby win. Borel had a very successful 2007 year as he set a Churchill Downs record winning six races in one day. He also accomplished 4500 career wins that year.

On May 1, 2009, Borel led Rachel Alexandra to a dominating win in the Kentucky Oaks. The next day, May 2, 2009, Borel scored one of the biggest upsets as Mine That Bird won the 135th Kentucky Derby. Mine That Bird, started the race at 50 to 1 odds to win. Borel accomplished a feat only seven other jockeys had by riding the winning horse in both the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby.

On May 16, 2009, Borel rode Rachel Alexandra to a historic victory at the 134th Preakness Stakes. Rachel Alexandra was the first fily to win since 1924 and to win from the 13th post start the race. Borel was the first jockey to win the first two legs of horse racings Triple Crown on two different horses.

On June 6, 2009, Borel was back on the saddle of Mine That Bird for the Belmont Stakes but his bid to become the first jockey since 1978 to win the Triple Crown came up short as Mine That Bird finished third.

Borel hails from St. Martin Parish, Louisiana. It is located in the heart of Cajun country. Borel started racing horses at the ripe old age of eight. Borel would eventually start racing at Louisiana tracks such as Delta Downs and Louisiana Downs.

Borel just seems to have a gift of knowing the layout of Churchill Downs especially if the track is sloppy as it was in both 2009 and 2010. Borel had two wins on the card before riding Super Saver to the win in the Derby. Borel even rode Omniscient to Show in Race 12 right after his win.

Borel is someone that just seems very likeable. If you see him in any of his interviews, you see a bubbly, happy go lucky man who is thankful for everything he has accomplished. He will definitely be one of the most talked about people of the week. He will be hitting the interview circuit beginning tomorrow or Monday.

The big question for Borel is can he be the first jockey since 1978 to win the Triple Crown. We will find out in two weeks as he will ride Super Saver in the Preakness.



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      Cristina Vanthul 7 years ago from Florida

      Nice recap of a very talented jockey.