Calvin Borel, a Louisiana native and two-time winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), received the 2010 Bill Hartack Memorial Award at the second annual Bill Hartack Charitable Foundation Reception and Award Ceremony at Fair Grounds March 25. Kent Desormeaux, last year's recipient of the award, presented Borel with the Bill Hartack Memorial Ring.
“I am honored to be this year's recipient of the Bill Hartack Memorial Award,” said Borel, who won the 2007 Derby on Street Sense and last year’s on Mine That Bird. “Bill Hartack was an extremely focused individual and was highly admired among his peers. I am proud to follow in the footsteps of this renowned and esteemed jockey.”
Co-hosted by Fair Grounds, the event kicked off this weekend's Louisiana Derby activities. A silent auction featured a vast collection of sports memorabilia, including several horse racing items signed by Borel. Proceeds from the event and silent auction will benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, which provides financial assistance to former jockeys who have suffered catastrophic on-track injuries.
The Bill Hartack Charitable Foundation was established by the Friends of Bill Hartack to honor the memory and lifetime achievements of the five-time Kentucky Derby winner. The Foundation, through its philanthropic arm, annually contributes to Thoroughbred racing industry charities and recognizes the jockey who rides the Kentucky Derby winner each year with the Bill Hartack Memorial Award.