Borel, who worked horses Tuesday and was looking forward to his five Friday mounts, was diagnosed Tuesday afternoon with a small fracture in his wrist. The injury is expected to require a cast and will keep him out of action for several weeks.
“Calvin broke a small bone in his wrist,” said Jerry Hissam, Borel’s longtime agent. “He worked horses this morning, but when he went home there was swelling and he looked into it.”
Calvin's injury aside, the meet (exclusively on HRTV) looks to be yet another banner one with heavy local support. Keeneland-ish with the turnout by watchers for the track owned by a Chicago businessman
The meet is a central part of life in Hot Springs, a community of 35,000 that will swell on Arkansas Derby Day when Oaklawn draws more than 60,000. Friday, there could be 20,000 patrons on hand for an opener expected to be conducted on a mild, 65-degree afternoon.
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Borel’s first career win came at Delta Downs on Jan. 14, 1983
Borel was aboard for Horseplay LLC and trainer David Whited, a retired jockey who won 3,795 races as a rider.
“I [never] dreamed of riding 5,000 races, much less winning 5,000 races,” Borel said Thursday. “We’ve won three Kentucky Derbies, a Preakness, did everything we wanted to accomplish. I wish my agent was here with me. I want to dedicate this race to Jerry Hissam.”
Props to the upset victory by Calvin on Rose to Gold taking the Grade 3, $150,000 Honeybee - a key Kentucky Oaks prep! Mike Smith riding for trainer Bill Mott on Flashy Gray had no excuses and was schooled by Borel on the rail
The irony is that Flashy Gray had previously the same Rachel Alexandra connections - both started their career with Dolph Morrison and trained by a Wiggins (Hal trained Rachel, son Lon trained Flashy). Flashy Gray was part of Morrison’s dispersal at Keeneland.