08/01/2007 12:00AM

Cecil Borel enjoying a trip home


BOSSIER CITY, La. - Things have quieted down considerably for trainer Cecil Borel since those frenzied days that prevailed immediately after younger brother Calvin piloted Street Sense to victory in this year's Kentucky Derby.

The elder Borel, who is more of a father figure than an older brother to Calvin, was a big part of a celebration that began before the race was even declared official, high-fiving his younger brother on the way to the winner's circle. Cecil also was highly popular with the media, seemingly granting as many interviews as the winning connections.

"It's good to be home," Borel said over the phone earlier this week. "I'm down in south Louisiana visiting my mother. I haven't had a chance to see her since January."

Borel is back in his home state after campaigning at Churchill Downs in the spring for the first time in several years.

"I think it had been five or six years since the last time I went there," Borel said. "We had a pretty good meet. We only won one or two but ran seven seconds and quite a few thirds and fourths. All were nice purses, so we made money."

"We brought 12 horses down from Kentucky with another one due in today. We are just kind of regrouping a little bit."

Regrouping does not mean Borel isn't winning. He sent out Go Red Go to a maiden win last Friday. Go Red Go, a Red Ransom colt, had just missed graduating at Churchill in his previous start. He is owned by Clifford Grum, for whom Borel trains exclusively.

"I may claim a horse or two for myself now and then, but all the rest of my stock is owned by Mr. Grum." Borel said. "We have some yearlings we are really excited about for next year."

One of things that Borel was able to do while in Kentucky is converse firsthand with Calvin about Street Sense's latest exploits. The brothers are so close, they seldom go very long without talking on the phone.

"He called me about an hour after the Jim Dandy," Cecil Borel said. "He said he could feel the colt hanging a little bit in the stretch, like the crowd got to him a little. Calvin told me he felt like there was plenty more in the tank."