Sunday, May 03, 2009

Calvin Borel

Oh my, full marks to Calvin Borel here. He's just ridden the winner of the Kentucky Derby for the second time in three years. That's a huge achievement. He was riding Mine that Bird, a 50 to one outsider, and to bring in a distant hope like that in first place is the sort of thing that everyjockey dreams about.

In one of the biggest upsets in the race’s history, Calvin Borel rode Mine That Bird past the finish line first to be the 2009 Kentucky Derby winner.

Mine That Bird, trained by Bennie Woolley Jr. entered the race at 50 to 1 odds, and was fancied by no one to win the race. Instead, it was a resounding win, with Mine That Bird winning by nearly seven lengths, the biggest winning length since 1946. The payout of $103.20 to win (for $1) was the second-largest payout in Derby history, and the biggest since 1913.

The Kentucky Derby is of course one of the great races of the year and to win it once is to show that a jockey is one of the greats. To win it more than once, and to win on an outsider to boot, is to be even more successful.

Congratulations to Mine That Bird jockey Calvin Borel, who today rode the winner of 135th Kentucky Derby running. This 2009 win is the second time in three years that Calvin Borel has ridden the winner of the Kentucky Derby; he rode Street Sense to a win in 2007.

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