Churchill Downs: There have been few, if any...like Calvin Borel
03/30/2016 12:09 PM
The horse racing industry has reached the end of an era as Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel announced his retirement on Wednesday.
Borel is a three-time Kentucky Derby winner – Street Sense (2007), Mine That Bird (2009) and Super Saver (2010). He spent his first full season riding at Churchill Downs in the Fall of 1995, eventually winning 1,189 races over 45 race meetings beneath the Twin Spires. Borel ranks second all-time at Churchill Downs only behind Pat Day’s 2,482 victories.
Churchill Downs president Kevin Flanery released a statement on Wednesday, addressing Borel’s retirement.
“Along with his three Kentucky Derby victories and his status as one of the most accomplished jockeys in Churchill Downs history, Calvin’s 20 years at our track were as notable for his relationship with our fans as his excellence on the track. Calvin rose to racing’s Hall of Fame from humble beginnings, and that was reflected in his ongoing relationship with our fans – and especially children. He loved the kids and felt a responsibility to provide a positive image to them and to let them know daily how much he appreciated them. There have been few, if any, individuals quite like Calvin Borel in 142 years of history at Churchill Downs. We thank him for a job well done and wish him the best in the future.”