Calvin Borel's Derby magic
Calvin Borel had a mostly regional reputation as a skilled and fearless jockey before he won the 2007 Kentucky Derby aboard Street Sense, a triumph that earned him national recognition (as well as an invitation to a White House state dinner, where he shared the limelight with Queen Elizabeth II). When he captured the Derby in 2009 on Mine That Bird and in 2010 on Super Saver, he solidified his place in history. He is one of only nine riders to win three or more Derbies -- a list headed by legends Eddie Arcaro (5 wins), Bill Hartack (5) and Bill Shoemaker (4). Borel's ride aboard Mine That Bird will be remembered as one of the greatest in the race's history. The jockey, whose affinity for riding near the rail has earned him the nickname "Bo-rail," squeezed Mine That Bird through narrow openings where most jockeys would never dare to go and pulled off a shocking upset with the 50-to-1 shot. Borel's complete Derby record:
|2003||Ten Cents A Shine||8th|
|2008||Denis of Cork||3rd|
|2009||Mine That Bird||1st|
By Andrew Beyer - The Washington Post. Published May 4, 2011.