How funny, I was just about to post this and saw you already did!
His mom-in-law finally came home so I got to recap the Derby with her this weekend...like how they almost left the wristbands to the winner circle in the car for MTB because they didn't think they would need them! Thank goodness they brought them!
"Woooo! Woooo! Did ya see me ride that sucker! Yes, sir! Fifty to one! Oww! It's all in the hands, baby!"
If it were any other jockey, the celebration might have felt like a gauche, over-the-top display of emotion. But not Borel. Instead it felt genuine. It felt earned. The 42-year-old Louisiana native had just won his second Kentucky Derby, and now the crowd was showering him with love. His emotions were bubbling up and spilling out onto his racing silks, and before he headed to the winner's circle atop Mine That Bird, he decided to take an extra-long victory lap, slapping every hand he could along the way.
So how did Borel celebrate his Kentucky Derby victory? By going out and riding his next two races, and by getting up early the next morning. That kind of humility has people shaking their head and rooting Borel on, regardless of what horse he rides.
"After he was done with his last two races and done with the press conference, Calvin was getting undressed and the head of security came up to him," [Gary Stevens] said. "He said, 'Calvin, we need to go over to the [Kentucky Derby] museum. He said, 'Tell them I can't come. I have to work a horse at 6 o'clock in the morning.' That's Calvin right there."
He has given the back of his hand to the horse that gave him the greatest ride of his life, the horse that engraved his name in turf history, the horse that put $140,000 cash in his bank account for 10 minutes of work.
How's that for gratitude?
Needless to say that idiot Mr. Kerrison is going to get an earful
Those comments are uncalled for and obviously the writer has no racing knowledge.
Borel said right after the Derby (before RA was sold) that the filly was the better horse. I think he told Donna Brothers right after he went under crossed the wire that they could not have run with her. He has been totally up front about what he would do if he had to make a choice between them.
I hate it when racing does get general attention from the media and public because they get stuff SO WRONG!!!!!
I think it's wonderful to see this kind of outside media attention not prompted by tragic breakdowns. Mine That Bird and Calvin Borel have given the world a much-needed fairy-tale. And Americans love an under-dog.
The (likely?) switch to Rachel Alexandra is an unexpected twist. Calvin is messing with our fairy-tale. Time will tell if this will re-inforce negative impressions of horse-racing with the general public. Hopefully not. The saving grace is Rachel Alexandra is a girl - which gives her a shot at her own Ruffianesque fairy-tale potential.
It certainly has given sportswriters the opportunity for additional ink about the match-up and will make for an extraordinarily interesting Preakness.
I woke up in time to catch the tail end of the interview...was anything said about the rider change in the Preakness?
No. Mainly a get to know who Calvin is..he talked about his childhood and how he started. Some good stories, he mentioned how horses would be painted a different color from one meet to the next, and how he would look over and see plastic bags or cans tied to the horse (he forgot to mention chickens, as he once told me!)!!
Calvin was funny and entertaining and I am sure a crowd pleaser. Leno, definitely not a horse person, really didn't know the right questions to ask!