Calvin Borel was born in St. Martin Parish, Louisiana, and began
riding at rural racetracks near his hometown of Catahoula when
he was 8 years old. Through a career spanning 30 years, Borel
earned the nickname Calvin Bo-Rail for his often-used
strategy of riding along the rail, which helped him defy 50-to-1
odds in the 2009 Kentucky Derby aboard racehorse Mine that Bird.
2006, Borels career surged as he won both the Stephen Foster
Handicap at Churchill
on 91-to-1 long shot Seek Gold, and his first Breeders
Cup race on Street Sense in the Breeders Cup Juvenile. Borel
is the only jockey to win the Kentucky Derby three times in a
four-year span, aboard Street Sense in 2007, Mine That Bird in
2009, and Super Saver in 2010. In 2007, Borel became the sixth
jockey in history to win six races on a single Churchill Downs
days after his win at the 2007 Kentucky Derby, Borel was invited
to the White House, where he dined with then-President George
W. Bush and Queen Elizabeth II. In 2010, he received the George
Woolf Memorial Jockey Award.
beginning his career in 1983, Borel has won more than 5,000 races
with more than 1,000 of those wins at Churchill Downs.
On August 11, 2013, Borel was inducted into the National Museum
of Racing Hall of Fame.