Jockey Borel Joins 4,000-Win Club

Jockey Borel Joins 4,000-Win Club
Photo: Jeff Coady
4,000 and counting for Calvin Borel.
Edited from Oaklawn Park release
Jockey Calvin Borel made racing history when he rode his 4,000th career winner at Oaklawn Park Wednesday.

Borel, a 38-year-old native of Martinsville, La., became the 45th North American rider and 20th active rider to reach the 4,000 milestone when he guided Jet Angel, a first-time starter trained by Randy Morse, to a neck victory in the third race, a six-furlong dash for Arkansas-bred maiden fillies and mares.

Jet Angel, who rallied up the rail in typical Borel style to make the lead leaving the quarter-pole, held on by a neck over Thisisyourday as the $9.60 second choice. When Jet Angel's number was posted on the tote board, the crowd cheered.

"Coming to the wire," Borel said following a winner's circle celebration, "I thought I had the other horse, but I was glad to see the wire. I just want to thank my father; my sister-in-law (Oaklawn placing judge Debbie Borel); my brother (trainer Cecil Borel), my fiancé Elisa, and the great guys I ride with every day."

According to Equibase figures, Borel, through Wednesday's third race, has ridden 4,000 winners from 26,868 mounts, with 3,631 seconds, and 3,116 thirds. His mounts have earned $72 million.

Borel, a two-time Oaklawn riding champion, also rode his 3,000th winner at Oaklawn Park. That came aboard the Sonny Wigginton-trained Sunday Lil (also in race three) on March 25, 1999.

Borel, who rides mostly the Kentucky-Arkansas-Louisiana circuit, has scored several of his biggest wins at Hot Springs. He won the 1993 Arkansas Derby on Rockamundo at $218; the 2000 Oaklawn Handicap on K One King, and two runnings of the Apple Blossom Handicap -- on Halo America in 1997, and Gourmet Girl in 2001.

In addition to his two Oaklawn titles -- in "95 and '01 -- Borel has been leading rider at Churchill Downs, Turfway Park, Louisiana Downs, Delta Downs, Ellis Park and Evangeline Downs.

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