Calvin Borel

Calvin Borel

Anne M. Eberhardt

Borel Suffers Broken Fibula in Keeneland Fall

Hall of Fame jockey breaks fibula Oct. 23 at Lexington oval, according to his wife.

Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel has a broken fibula Oct. 23 after falling from his mount in the sixth race of the day at Keeneland, which was declared a no contest.

Lisa Borel, the jockey's wife, posted an update on her Facebook page after Borel underwent an examination at University of Kentucky Medical Center near Lexington.

The accident occured before the run into the first turn of the 1 1/16-mile turf race as Borel's mount, Sonic Dancer, suffered a catastrophic injury while racing in the first flight of contenders. Borel was thrown and struck by a trailing horse.

Stewards called off the race midway up the backstrech and the other riders in the 12-horse field successfully angled their runners to the outside rail while pulling up off the final turn.

Borel was taken to the first aid station with pain in his left leg, but his vitals were stable and he was conscious as he was being transported to UK.

"Just wanted to let everyone know we are so thankful for the thoughts and concerns; we are so lucky today," the update from Lisa Borel said. "Calvin had a horrible spill but managed to walk away (with) only a broken fibula (lesser bone connecting knee to ankle), no concussion or soft tissue injuries.

"We are very very lucky considering how hard he fell. Prayers to the connections of the fallen horse, and thanks to God above for keeping 'Boo' from further harm today, it could have been much, much worse."

Sonic Dancer, a 3-year-old homebred maiden by Suave, was euthanized. He was trained by Larry Lay for Rakesh Sikand and Kumund Sikand.

Borel, 46, is a three-time winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) who was inducted into the National Museum of Racing & Hall of Fame earlier this year.