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By Peter Schmuck | May 13, 2009
It has been well documented that it's unwise to change horses midstream, but Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel apparently didn't get the memo. Borel rode Mine That Bird to one of the most surprising victories in the history of horse racing, but he will jump over to super filly Rachel Alexandra for Saturday's Preakness Stakes as soon as she officially joins the field. What's that all about? Wouldn't it be a little like Cal Ripken Jr. deciding right before Sept. 6, 1995, that he would rather set the consecutive-games record in a New York Yankees uniform?
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By Baltimore Sun reporter | April 25, 2011
Three-time Kentucky Derby winning jockey Calvin Borel is looking for a ride two weeks out from the Run for the Roses, but hopes to have a mount by race day. Borel spent Sunday morning aboard Stay Thirsty, but said there was no commitment with trainer Todd Pletcher to ride the horse in the Derby. Borel said he was simply doing a favor for Pletcher. Borel and Pletcher teamed up last year for a win with Super Saver, the jockey's third victory in the race in four years. Stay Thirsty and Borel worked along the rail with Bridgetown, a 4-year-old sprinter expected to run in the $100,000-added Twin Spires Turf Sprint.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,kevin.vanvalkenburg@baltsun.com | May 10, 2009
When the race was over and the victory lap was just getting started, you could hear Calvin Borel's high-pitch Cajun squeal 10 rows deep in the Churchill Downs grandstand. It was a wail of joy, a mixture of exuberance and pride, and every last word sounded as though it were being shouted through tears. "Woooo! Woooo! Did ya see me ride that sucker! Yes, sir! Fifty to one! Oww! It's all in the hands, baby!" If it were any other jockey, the celebration might have felt like a gauche, over-the-top display of emotion.
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May 9, 2010
Even after three Kentucky Derby victories in four years, one can still make the case that Calvin Borel isn't the best jockey in the country. But two things cannot be disputed about the 43-year-old Louisiana native, who will try to win his second consecutive Preakness Stakes this week at Pimlico Race Course: No one in his profession is more fearless, and no one is more polite. That might seem, at first, like an odd juxtaposition. But when you witness Borel on a day when he's at his best, as he clearly was May 1 when he rode Super Saver on a rail-hugging trip around Churchill Downs to victory in the 136th Run for the Roses, you see how perfectly the description fits.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,Kevin.vanvalkenburg@baltsun.com | June 6, 2009
BELMONT, N.Y. - -Maybe Calvin Borel didn't envision it would be quite like this. Maybe he never dreamed he would have a chance to grab his own quirky piece of history today in the 141st running of the Belmont Stakes atop Mine That Bird, as he tries to become the first jockey to win all three races of the Triple Crown series on two different horses. But Borel has always believed. Anyone who knows him and loves him can attest to that. He has always dreamed of the day when he would ride racehorses faster and better than anyone else in the country.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,sandra.mckee@baltsun.com | May 17, 2009
The outcome of the Preakness was determined more than a week ago, when jockey Calvin Borel said he would ride Rachel Alexandra in the race. Early Saturday morning, her trainer, Steve Asmussen, revealed his game plan, basically leaving it up to Borel, who had ridden her to five straight wins: "What do you want to do Calvin? And good luck." Rachel Alexandra and Borel made history Saturday. A lot of history. She became the first filly to win the Preakness since Nellie Morse in 1924, and he became the first jockey to win the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness on different horses in the same year.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,sandra.mckee@baltsun.com | May 15, 2009
Nearly two weeks after the Kentucky Derby, Mike Smith still can't believe what he saw Mine That Bird and Calvin Borel do at Churchill Downs. He also can't believe that he, not Borel, will be riding the Derby winner Saturday in the 134th Preakness at Pimlico Race Course. For the first time in history, a jockey will jump off a Derby winner to ride another horse - and a filly at that - in the Preakness. And thanks to Borel's decision, Smith could get the ride of his life in the Preakness, a race he last won in 1993 aboard Prairie Bayou.
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By From Sun staff and news services | July 2, 2009
The Maryland Jockey Club and Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association have set their schedule for the rest of 2009, and it includes the return of the Grade I Frank J. De Francis Dash after a one-year hiatus. After a 10-week break, live racing will return to Maryland on Aug. 1 at Laurel Park. The 11-day summer stand will conclude Aug. 23, with live racing taking place Friday (3:35 p.m. twilight post time), Saturday and Sunday for three consecutive weeks after opening weekend. That's one more day of summer racing than the MTHA held last year, according to Mike Gathagan, vice president-communications of the Maryland Jockey Club.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,kevin.vanvalkenburg@baltsun.com | May 30, 2009
Rachel Alexandra might one day run against the boys again, but it won't be at the 141st running of the Belmont Stakes next Saturday. The filly's owners said Friday in a statement that the Preakness winner would not enter the third leg of the Triple Crown, removing one of the horses many racing fans had hoped to see in New York next week. "We know the media and many fans would have liked to see her run in the Belmont Stakes - we feel the same," co-owner Jess Jackson said. "But all of us sincerely interested in the horse must agree that we only want to see her run when it is best for her. While she is in great shape, having strong works and recovering well from her amazing performances, we feel Rachel deserves a well-earned vacation."
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By RICK MAESE | May 20, 2007
You don't script days like this one. There are parts you fear, other parts you dream about. But you can't plan it this way. In fact, the only thing you could say was tailor-made about the 132nd running of the Preakness was the suit that jockey Calvin Borel showed up wearing yesterday morning. It was navy blue, but it wasn't tailored for him. Inside was the name of fellow Louisiana native Robby Albarado. Their friendship stretches from the bush tracks of Cajun country all the way to the photo finish that decided yesterday's exciting race.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg, The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2010
Even after three Kentucky Derby victories in four years, one can still make the case that Calvin Borel isn't the best jockey in the country. But two things cannot be disputed about the 43-year-old Louisiana native, who will try to win his second consecutive Preakness Stakes this week at Pimlico Race Course: No one in his profession is more fearless, and no one is more polite. That might seem, at first, like an odd juxtaposition. But when you witness Borel on a day when he's at his best, as he clearly was May 1 when he rode Super Saver on a rail-hugging trip around Churchill Downs to victory in the 136th Run for the Roses, you see how perfectly the description fits.
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By The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2010
Todd Pletcher didn't want to watch the Kentucky Derby with friends. He didn't want to watch it with family. He didn't want to pick one of the four owners he was representing and sit with them. In fact, he didn't even want to watch it live from the stands. He wanted to watch it alone, on television, inside the Horseman's Lounge, halfway down the tunnel beneath the grandstands. "Obviously, I needed to change something," said Pletcher, who entered Saturday's 136th Run for the Roses 0-for-24, the most attempts without a victory in the history of the race.
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By Tribune Newspapers | May 2, 2010
— Calvin Borel has only a nodding acquaintance with the King's English. His dentist can get him in and out in 15 minutes. Don't ask him about Shakespeare, because he'll want to know which race he's in. But come the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs, nobody speaks more clearly, looks better, or is smarter. Put him on your horse and raise the mint juleps in victory. Trainer Todd Pletcher did that in the 136th Kentucky Derby Saturday, and the same thing that's happened two of the last three years happened again.
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By From Sun staff and news services | July 2, 2009
The Maryland Jockey Club and Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association have set their schedule for the rest of 2009, and it includes the return of the Grade I Frank J. De Francis Dash after a one-year hiatus. After a 10-week break, live racing will return to Maryland on Aug. 1 at Laurel Park. The 11-day summer stand will conclude Aug. 23, with live racing taking place Friday (3:35 p.m. twilight post time), Saturday and Sunday for three consecutive weeks after opening weekend. That's one more day of summer racing than the MTHA held last year, according to Mike Gathagan, vice president-communications of the Maryland Jockey Club.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,kevin.vanvalkenburg@baltsun.com | June 7, 2009
ELMONT, N.Y. - -Kent Desormeaux and Calvin Borel not only took different paths around the track in Saturday's 141st running of the Belmont Stakes, with Borel going outside and Desormeaux hugging the inside, but the two jockeys also used different pre-race tactics. Desormeaux rode in a handful of early races on the card, winning three straight at one point, while Borel didn't ride until the Belmont. While Borel might have been better rested, Desormeaux said he felt as if the extra confidence he picked up from those victories helped him. He also got a good feel for the track, something Borel might not have had, considering he had not ridden in the Belmont Stakes before Saturday.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,kevin.vanvalkenburg@baltsun.com | June 7, 2009
ELMONT, N.Y. - -The Belmont Stakes has always had a cruel and sneaky sense of humor. The track nicknamed "Big Sandy" is so gorgeous and picturesque that it almost encourages its competitors to dream big, right before it punches them in the face, steals their wallet and breaks their heart. Few jockeys understand this better than Kent Desormeaux, a 39-year-old Hall of Famer who twice has had a Triple Crown snatched from his grasp on the 1 1/2 -mile New York track. And so as Desormeaux rode Summer Bird to an unlikely victory Saturday in the 141st running of the Belmont - passing Mine That Bird and Dunkirk on the final stretch - a small part of him understood what Calvin Borel was going through.
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By Bill Free and Bill Free,SUN STAFF | April 11, 2002
If only it were this easy to throw a shot put 57 feet, 5 inches to win the NCAA women's championship by nearly 2 feet, there would be a lot of champions like Cleopatra Borel out there. UMBC's Borel, who yesterday won the 2001-2002 Northeast Conference Winter Scholar-Athlete Award for women's indoor track and field, said it's all in positioning. "I always make sure I have my positions together," Borel said. "Once I am in the right position, I can set myself up to throw far. It is a philosophy that Coach [Brian King]
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun reporter | May 6, 2007
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Street Sense, the Breeders' Cup Juvenile champion who most horse racing experts said couldn't win the Kentucky Derby, won yesterday. But as the field of 20 horses rounded the final turn for the long drive down the Churchill Downs frontstretch, it certainly didn't look like that would happen. Sitting in the lead on Hard Spun at the top the stretch, Mario Pino wouldn't have believed it if you had told him. The Preakness Second leg of Triple Crown, May 19, Pimlico Race Course The Preakness What -- Second leg of thoroughbred horse racing's Triple Crown When -- May 19 Where -- Pimlico Race Course Distance -- 1 3/16 miles TV -- Chs. 11, 4 2006 winner -- Bernardini (1:54.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,Kevin.vanvalkenburg@baltsun.com | June 6, 2009
BELMONT, N.Y. - -Maybe Calvin Borel didn't envision it would be quite like this. Maybe he never dreamed he would have a chance to grab his own quirky piece of history today in the 141st running of the Belmont Stakes atop Mine That Bird, as he tries to become the first jockey to win all three races of the Triple Crown series on two different horses. But Borel has always believed. Anyone who knows him and loves him can attest to that. He has always dreamed of the day when he would ride racehorses faster and better than anyone else in the country.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,kevin.vanvalkenburg@baltsun.com | June 5, 2009
BELMONT, N.Y. -- Perhaps more than any horse in the field of the Belmont Stakes, it's almost impossible to predict what Dunkirk is going to do Saturday. When he was purchased for $3.7 million at auction, plenty of people expected big things from Dunkirk, including his trainer, Todd Pletcher. But it has been something of a roller-coaster ride since. The horse almost didn't make the Kentucky Derby field through graded earnings, then did get in and went off as the second choice at 5-1. The horse stumbled out of the gate and then got pinched between Pioneerof the Nile and Papa Clem at the halfway point and finished 19 lengths behind eventual winner Mine That Bird.
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