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, Borels career surged as he won
both the Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill
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,
Borel 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.