09/14/2011 12:16PM

Borel to attend alcohol diversionary program; DUI charges could be dropped


Three-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel had his sentence for a drunken-driving offense during the Ellis Park meet suspended this week, pending his successful completion of a diversionary program for alcohol abuse.

Borel was arrested for an unsafe lane change near his Evansville, Ind., hotel on the night of Aug. 20 and charged with the misdemeanor offense of driving while intoxicated. He was ordered Tuesday by the Vanderburgh Superior Court in Evansville to enroll in the diversionary program that may allow the charge to be dismissed upon completion. He had his driver’s license suspended for 30 days when he was arraigned Aug. 22.

Borel, 44, won the Kentucky Derby on Street Sense (2007), Mine That Bird (2009), and Super Saver (2010). He lives in Louisville with his wife, Lisa.

Borel was the leading rider this summer at Ellis Park, and will next ride regularly at the Keeneland fall meet (Oct. 7-29).