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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,kevin.vanvalkenburg@baltsun.com | May 17, 2009
Calvin Borel was nervous last week. Jittery, shaking, break-into-a-cold-sweat kind of nervous. His fiancee, Lisa Funk, had never seen him so rattled in the nine years they've been together. He kept telling her he was convinced he was going to mess up. And the whole world would be watching. But it didn't have anything to do with the 134th running of the Preakness Stakes. And it wasn't at all related to his controversial decision to ride Rachel Alexandra on Saturday, even though he won the Kentucky Derby on Mine That Bird.
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Peter Schmuck | May 4, 2013
The racing gods obviously got their signals crossed, choosing to grace Pimlico with a glorious afternoon to enjoy the first jewel of the Triple Crown on Saturday while the 19 horses in the Kentucky Derby slogged through the mud at Churchill Downs. So the 5,749 race fans at Old Hilltop truly got the best of both worlds, kicking off the two-week run-up to the Preakness with a full card of live racing and the opportunity to place their bets and try to choose the horse that will come to Baltimore with hope still alive for horse racing's biggest prize.
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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 Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | May 4, 2013
Todd Pletcher is now 1-for-36 in the Kentucky Derby. The trainer with a vast empire of horses entered five in Saturday's 139th run for the roses and, as bettors expected, Revolutionary, the colt guided by Calvin Borel, moved well over the wet track - but not well enough to catch winner Orb. Borel had Revolutionary running at the end, but ultimately finished third. A three-time winner of the race - twice in mud - Borel had spurred bettors to make Revolutionary the favorite for much of the day. "The only thing I could have done on the far turn was creep up closer on him," Borel said.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,kevin.vanvalkenburg@baltsun.com | June 2, 2009
Jerry Hissam, Calvin Borel's close friend and longtime agent, was a little exasperated after the Preakness. Reporters were peppering him with questions about Borel, who had just won the second jewel of the 2009 Triple Crown, and he was trying to come up with a dignified way of saying what was on the tip of everyone's tongue: Isn't it about time the racing community figured out that Borel - even at age 42 - is one of the best jockeys in the sport?...
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May 1, 2011
137th Kentucky Derby When: Saturday, May 7. Where: Churchill Downs, Louisville, Ky. TV: 5 p.m., NBC. Post time: 6:25 p.m. (approximate). Purse: $2 million with $1.45 million to the winner. 2010 winner: Super Saver with Calvin Borel aboard. Other Triple Crown races Preakness Stakes , May 21, Pimlico Race Course , Baltimore Belmont Stakes , June 11, Belmont Park, Elmont, N.Y.
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By Sports Digest | March 9, 2010
The wait is almost over for Rachel Alexandra. The 2009 Horse of the Year will face four rivals when she makes her first start in six months in Saturday's $200,000 New Orleans Ladies at the Fair Grounds. The 4-year-old filly drew the No. 2 post position Monday and regular rider Calvin Borel will be aboard. Rachel will be challenged by Fighter Wing, Zardana, Unforgotten and Clear Sailing. Rachel Alexandra completed an 8-0 campaign last year with a victory against older males in the Woodward Stakes at Saratoga on Sept.
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November 8, 2010
Jockeys Calvin Borel and Javier Castellano were fined a combined $7,500 for their altercation at the Breeders' Cup, Kentucky racing stewards said Sunday. Both riders escaped suspension for brawling in full view of the public and television cameras immediately after the opening race Friday but were fined for "conduct against the best interest of horse racing. " Borel, who had to be restrained by security guards after instigating the fight in the winner's circle, was fined the maximum amount of $5,000 while Castellano was docked $2,500.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg | May 7, 2011
Bob Baffert joked this week that, if it rained on race day, he was going to instruct his wife, Jill, to go to the betting window and put $500 on Twice the Appeal, just because Calvin Borel was riding him, and over the past few years, no jockey has looked better on a wet and muddy track than Borel. He's won three of the last four Derbys, and two of them (2009 and 2010) came on a track that was less than considered sloppy. Borel -- whose nickname is "Bo-rail" because he likes to hug the rail whenever he gets a chance -- has already seen a ton of early action from betters this year, dropping Twice the Appeal's odds from 30-1 on Wednesday to 7-1 on Saturday.
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By RICK MAESE | May 16, 2007
Tears are now a part of horse racing, and we learned just recently that even when old ones dry, new tears inevitably well up. This is why this week isn't really about year-old memories of a fantastic horse named Barbaro and it isn't about the ocean's worth of tears shed on his behalf. If you're looking for someone worth rooting for at Saturday's Preakness, you won't find him in this new batch of 3-year-olds, either, whether you're Flying First Class or you've got a bit of Street Sense.
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By Chris Korman | May 2, 2012
Crowds are beginning to swell here at Churchill Downs. "They let everybody in here," said Hamilton Smith, the long-time Laurel Park fixture who has a horse in the Kentucky Derby for the first time. "Just look at 'em. " Indeed, there was a Blood Mary or 437 spotted before the sun had lit the track fully. One guy lugged a giant Starbucks cup filled with a golden-hued beverage not sold by Starbucks. The horse that got an uneven share of cheers? Why, that was "I'll Have Another," of course.
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From Sun staff reports | April 1, 2012
Claimed for $7,500 two weeks ago, Sneaky Lil won the $50,000 Shine Again Stakes at Pimlico on Saturday. Abel Castellano led the daughter of 1996 Preakness winner Louis Quatorze on a late charge to win the feature race of opening weekend. The 6-year-old mare pulled ahead in a late burst to win by four lengths. "I started letting her go at the half-mile pole and we were clear on the outside," Castellano said. "I was worried about Over the Moon [the morning line favorite] who was behind us but didn't keep up with us. Then I set my sights on the Grove horse [Touch the Birds]
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By Chris Korman | March 31, 2012
We're more than a month from the Kentucky Derby, but the jostling has begun. A horse named Take Charge Indy won the $1 million, Grade 1 Florida Derby with a wire-to-wire dash under the ever-daring Calvin Borel Saturday. Reveron gave him a run coming around the final turn but could not sustain it. The race many had expected to be watching -- and learning from -- happened within a tight pack of horses just off the lead. There, heavy favorite Union Rags seemed agitated by his lack of room to run. Trained by Michael Matz -- of Barbaro fame -- the colt did get open space for a final, promising push.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg | May 7, 2011
Bob Baffert joked this week that, if it rained on race day, he was going to instruct his wife, Jill, to go to the betting window and put $500 on Twice the Appeal, just because Calvin Borel was riding him, and over the past few years, no jockey has looked better on a wet and muddy track than Borel. He's won three of the last four Derbys, and two of them (2009 and 2010) came on a track that was less than considered sloppy. Borel -- whose nickname is "Bo-rail" because he likes to hug the rail whenever he gets a chance -- has already seen a ton of early action from betters this year, dropping Twice the Appeal's odds from 30-1 on Wednesday to 7-1 on Saturday.
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May 1, 2011
137th Kentucky Derby When: Saturday, May 7. Where: Churchill Downs, Louisville, Ky. TV: 5 p.m., NBC. Post time: 6:25 p.m. (approximate). Purse: $2 million with $1.45 million to the winner. 2010 winner: Super Saver with Calvin Borel aboard. Other Triple Crown races Preakness Stakes , May 21, Pimlico Race Course , Baltimore Belmont Stakes , June 11, Belmont Park, Elmont, N.Y.
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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 Chris Korman | March 31, 2012
We're more than a month from the Kentucky Derby, but the jostling has begun. A horse named Take Charge Indy won the $1 million, Grade 1 Florida Derby with a wire-to-wire dash under the ever-daring Calvin Borel Saturday. Reveron gave him a run coming around the final turn but could not sustain it. The race many had expected to be watching -- and learning from -- happened within a tight pack of horses just off the lead. There, heavy favorite Union Rags seemed agitated by his lack of room to run. Trained by Michael Matz -- of Barbaro fame -- the colt did get open space for a final, promising push.
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From Sun staff reports | April 1, 2012
Claimed for $7,500 two weeks ago, Sneaky Lil won the $50,000 Shine Again Stakes at Pimlico on Saturday. Abel Castellano led the daughter of 1996 Preakness winner Louis Quatorze on a late charge to win the feature race of opening weekend. The 6-year-old mare pulled ahead in a late burst to win by four lengths. "I started letting her go at the half-mile pole and we were clear on the outside," Castellano said. "I was worried about Over the Moon [the morning line favorite] who was behind us but didn't keep up with us. Then I set my sights on the Grove horse [Touch the Birds]
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November 8, 2010
Jockeys Calvin Borel and Javier Castellano were fined a combined $7,500 for their altercation at the Breeders' Cup, Kentucky racing stewards said Sunday. Both riders escaped suspension for brawling in full view of the public and television cameras immediately after the opening race Friday but were fined for "conduct against the best interest of horse racing. " Borel, who had to be restrained by security guards after instigating the fight in the winner's circle, was fined the maximum amount of $5,000 while Castellano was docked $2,500.
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By Ken Murray, The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2010
For two weeks, Todd Pletcher looked for signs that the Kentucky Derby had taken a toll on Super Saver — and found none. Not until the far turn at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday was there any indication Super Saver didn't have the right stuff to end racing's 32-year Triple Crown drought. And then, when jockey Calvin Borel asked the 3-year-old colt for more and got no response, Pletcher knew. Two weeks wasn't enough time. Super Saver became the fifth Derby winner in six years to fail to win the second leg of the Triple Crown when he faded to eighth in the Preakness stretch.
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