Borel to Miss Rest of Year, Targets Oaklawn
by Blood-Horse Staff
Date Posted: 11/13/2013 5:17:19 PM
Last Updated: 11/15/2013 7:45:13 PM
Jockey Calvin Borel
Anne M. Eberhardt
Jockey Calvin Borel, three-time winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and a 2013 inductee into the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame, will take the rest of the year off as he recovers from injuries suffered in an October riding mishap at Keeneland.
Both Borel and agent Jerry Hissam confirmed that Borel would remain out of the saddle through the end of the year. The rider plans to return to competition in the 2014 meet at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., which will open Jan. 10.
The 47-year-old Louisiana native suffered a fractured fibula in a spill at Keeneland Oct. 24. He had originally planned to be out of action for "three or four weeks," but has now decided that he will work toward a return to competition after the first of the year.
Borel confirmed his plans Tuesday during an appearance at the "Race for Success," an annual fundraiser for Neighborhood House in Louisville's Portland neighborhood. He was a featured guest at the annual event along with his wife, Lisa, and retired Hall of Fame rider Pat Day.
Lisa Borel said that her husband was doing well in his recovery from the leg injury, but also suffered "some soft tissue damage" in his right shoulder during that spill that requires added time to heal on its own.
Borel won the Kentucky Derby with Street Sense (2007), Mine That Bird (2009), and Super Saver (2010). He is the only jockey in 139 years to win the Derby three times in four years.
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