Wed February 27, 2013
Calvin Borel Again a Finalist for Racing Hall of Fame
Three-time Kentucky Derby winning Jockey Calvin Borel is among the finalists for the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame.
The list of finalists also includes jockeys Garret Gomez, Alex Solis, Craig Perret and the late Chris Antley, along with retired trainer Gary Jones and four thoroughbreds.
This is Borel’s third straight year as a finalist. In an interview prior to last year’s Kentucky Derby, Borel said he believes he’s earned his place in the hall of fame.
"I did things that a lot of riders haven’t (done) in my career. I won three of the last four Kentucky Derbys, I rode a filly and beat the boys. Took off the Derby winner, rode a filly, beat him. I mean I did a lot of things in life that I know a lot of riders wouldn’t have (done)," he said.
Borel rode Kentucky Derby winners in 2007, 2009 and 2010. He also won the 2009 Kentucky Oaks aboard Rachel Alexander and then rode the filly to victory in the Preakness Stakes.
He’s expected to notch his five-thousandth career victory this week at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas.
Four candidates will be elected to the hall of fame. The results will be announced in April.