Borel Headlines Hall of Fame Class for 2013

Borel Headlines Hall of Fame Class for 2013
Photo: Rick Samuels
Calvin Borel

Three-time Kentucky Derby (gr. I)-winning jockey Calvin Borel is one of six to enter the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame's 2013 class it was announced April 26. Equine stars Invasor  , Housebuster, and Lure also will be enshrined, along with steeplechase greats McDynamo and Tuscalee.

The induction ceremony will take place Aug. 9, at the museum on Union Avenue in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Borel, 46, who recorded his 5,000th career win earlier this year, won the Kentucky Derby three times in a four-year span with Street Sense   in 2007, Mine That Bird in 2009, and Super Saver   in 2010. He was also the regular rider of 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra.

Borel is scheduled to be aboard Revolutionary   in the May 4 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands.

One of two riders with more than 1,000 wins under the Twin Spires at Churchill Downs, Borel's mounts have earned more than $120 million during his riding career. He also won the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 2010. He has earned riding titles at Churchill Downs, Oaklawn Park, Ellis Park, Kentucky Downs, and Delta Downs.

Robert Levy's Housebuster (Mt. Livermore—Big Dreams, by Great Above) won 15 of 22 starts in a three-year racing career and was named champion sprinter in 1990 and 1991. Bred by Levy and his mother, Blanche, Housebuster won 11 graded stakes including the grade I Carter Handicap and Vosburgh Stakes in 1991. He was trained by the late Hall of Famer Warren A. "Jimmy" Croll Jr.

The Argentina-bred Invasor began his racing career in South America but took North America by storm in 2006 with a brilliant four-race campaign. Winning the Pimlico Special, Suburban and Whitney Handicaps (all gr. I), he capped the year with a one-length score over Bernardini   in the Breeders' Cup Classic Powered by Dodge (gr. I) on his way to Eclipse Awards for Horse of the Year and champion older horse.

The following year the son of Candy Stripes—Quendom, by Interprete, won the Donn Handicap (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park, then captured the $6 million Emirates Airline Dubai Workd Cup (UAE-I) for Shadwell Stable and trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. In a career spanning four seasons and three continents, Invasor won 11 of 12 starts and earned $7,804,070.

Claiborne Farm and The Gamely Corp.'s Lure won back-to-back runings of the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) in 1992-93. A son of the Claiborne stallion Danzig out of the Alydar mare Endear, Lure won 14 of 25 starts, ran second eight times, and earned $2,515,289.

A 10-time stakes winner, Lure was a star on both surfaces and could carry his speed beyond a mile. At 3 he won the Gotham Stakes (gr. II) on the main track at Aqueduct Racetrack in 1992 and won the 1994 Caesars International Handicap (gr. IT) at Atlantic City over Fourstars Allstar and Star of Cozzene going 1 3/16 miles. He was trained by Hall of Fame member Shug McGaughey and was ridden in 22 of 25 of his starts by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith.

His Breeders' Cup wins came at Gulfstream Park in 1992 and at Santa Anita Park (from post 12) in 1993.

Those inductees were selected by a vote that included six other finalists. Champion filly Ashado, jockeys Chris Antley, Craig Perret, Garrett Gomez, and Alex Solis, and trainer Gary Jones were also on the ballot, which was announced in February.

McDynamo and Tuscalee were selected to the Hall by a steeplechase committee.

McDynamo, bred in Kentucky by Richard Fox, Nathan Fox, and Richard Kaster was the Eclipse Award-winning steeplechaser three times: in 2003, and 2005-06. Owned by Michael J. Moran, the son of Dynaformer—Rondonia, by Monteverdi, was trained by Sanna Hendriks. He was a five-time winner of the Breeders' Cup Grand National Steeplechase (2003-07).

Tuscalee most won 10 steeplechase races during the 1966 season and and registered 37 wins from 1964-72.

The contemporary electees were chosen from a nationwide voting panel comprised of 179 racing writers, broadcasters, industry officials, and historians from a group of 10 finalists selected by the museum's nominating committee. The museum's Steeplechase Review Committee, which meets once every four years, requires 75% approval.

Following the changes made to the contemporary voting system in 2010 that eliminated a mandate of the top vote-getter in a particular category (i.e. jockey, trainer, male horse, and female horse) being elected to the Hall of Fame, the steeplechase committee received approval from the museum's executive committee to select a maximum of three candidates of their choosing without regard to whether or not the candidate is human or equine.

The Museum will announce as many as two inductees as inaugural selections to the Pillars of the Turf category for the Hall of Fame in May. Pillars of the Turf is a new Hall of Fame designation approved by the executive committee to honor esteemed individuals who have made valuable contributions to the sport of Thoroughbred racing.

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