06/14/2013 4:36PM

Churchill Downs notes: Arroyo drops appeal, will serve days


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Jockey Norberto Arroyo Jr. has dropped his appeal of a suspension and will begin serving the penalty Sunday. Arroyo originally was given a three-day suspension because of a careless riding incident at Churchill Downs on May 25, but he will now serve four days, in accordance with the discretion granted to stewards by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission in dealing with dropped appeals. He will be eligible to return June 23.

Arroyo has seen his business improve at Churchill after an 0-for-35 start to the spring meet. Into Friday, he had won with 7 of 79 mounts.

Arroyo, 35, returned to riding last fall after an absence of 3 1/2 years stemming from legal trouble. Although he has stayed clean in all other respects, he has been suspended five times for riding infractions since his return.
Arroyo’s brother and agent, Nelson Arroyo, said they will be active this summer at Ellis Park, which starts a two-month meet July 4.

Borel honored locally

Jockey Calvin Borel, who will be inducted in August into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame, was honored Thursday night when inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame at an awards ceremony in downtown Louisville.

Borel, a three-time winner of the Kentucky Derby, was honored along with six other individuals, including Jerry Carroll, the former owner of Turfway Park in northern Kentucky. Carroll eventually got out of the horse racing business and became a founder of the Kentucky Speedway car racing track, which he and his partners sold in 2008.