Louisiana Legend Calvin Borel Seeking 5,000th Win; Wrist Injury Delaying Him
A wrist injury is keeping the legendary Louisiana jockey from reaching a significant landmark.
The Catahoula-born Calvin Borel is one victory shy of 5,000 and will have to wait longer than he planned to get that coveted victory. He was hoping to race Friday, but then he suffered a minor fracture in his wrist Tuesday and won't be riding for at least 18 days.
Oaklawn Park opens this week in Hot Springs, Arkansas, with live thoroughbred racing beginning on Friday, and the 46-year-old Borel was hoping to reach the milestone then. He had just notched his 4,999th victory in Louisiana.
Hot Springs tourism officials were so confident in his ability to win the race that they printed trading cards commemorating the semi-elusive victory. The trading cards have now been put on hold, but Visit Hot Springs CEO Steve Arrison says he expects Borel to get number 5,000 shortly after he returns to the track.
Included in all his wins, Borel, who's been racing for about 25 years, has been victorious in the Kentucky Derby three times, the Preakness once and numerous other sites such as Churchill Downs and Louisiana Downs. In 2009, he fell one victory short of the Triple Crown when he won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, but still made history in becoming the first jockey to win the first two jewels of the Triple Crown on different mounts.