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Jockey CALVIN BOREL was born in St. Martin Parish,
Louisiana, and began riding at rural racetracks near his hometown of Catahoula
when he was 8 years old. Through a career spanning 30 years, Borel earned the
nickname 'Calvin Bo-Rail' for his often-used strategy of riding along the rail,
which helped him defy 50-to-1 odds in the 2009 Kentucky Derby aboard racehorse
Mine that Bird.
In 2006, orel's career surged as he won both the Stephen Foster Handicap at
Downs on 91-to-1 long shot Seek Gold, and his first Breeders' Cup race on
Street Sense in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Borel is the only jockey to win the
Kentucky Derby three times in a four-year span, aboard Street Sense in 2007,
Mine That Bird in 2009, and Super Saver in 2010. In 2007, Borel became the sixth
jockey in history to win six races on a single Churchill Downs' scorecard.
Two days after his win at the 2007 Kentucky Derby, orel was invited to the
White House, where he dined with then-President George W. Bush and Queen
Elizabeth II. In 2010, he received the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award.
Since beginning his career in 1983, Borel has won more than 5,000 races -
with more than 1,000 of those wins at Churchill Downs. On August 11, 2013, Borel
was inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame.
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