Updated on 10/26/2013 1:22AM

Keeneland: Borel breaks leg in spill that causes no contest


LEXINGTON, Ky. – Wednesday’s sixth race at Keeneland, a two-turn, 1 1/16-mile turf maiden race, was declared a no contest by track stewards after Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel was unseated as the field passed by the stands the first time.

Borel broke a leg in the fall, his fibula, according to tweets and Facebook messages posted later in the day by his wife, Lisa. She did not specify which leg, but messaged that doctors at University of Kentucky Medical Center, where he was treated hours after the fall, did not diagnose a concussion or any soft-tissue injuries.

The determination to declare the race a no contest was made for the safety of the fallen Borel, who was initially motionless and being treated by medical personnel as the race continued. Although Borel was somewhat past the finish line, he was still in jeopardy, in a position so close to the end of the race.

During the running, track outriders rode toward the field and met them at the head of the stretch, where they waved and instructed jockeys to pull up their mounts and guide them away from the fallen jockey.

Borel was aboard the Larry Lay-trained Sonic Dancer, one of the early leaders in the race, and he fell to the turf after his mount broke down. With the field still tightly packed early in the race, a trailing horse, Peace Talk, under Jon Court, was unable to avoid him, and that horse’s legs appeared to strike Borel.

Borel lay prone for approximately 15 seconds before beginning to move one of his legs. Once being reached by the medical staff, he began to move his arms and was placed on a stretcher with his head braced. He was conscious when loaded into an ambulance.

Sonic Dancer was euthanized due to his fractured right leg, stewards said. No other horses or riders appeared to have experienced significant injuries.

The no contest resulted in refunds for wagers that began in race 6 and resulted in an “all” in the sixth race in multi-race bets that began before it.



TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
Thoughts and prayers go out to Calvin. Get well soon! God Bless.
Chris Kantor More than 1 year ago
Calvin has won over 5,000 races, won the Kentucky Derby 3 times, the Kentucky Oaks, won the Haskel, won the Preakness, won the Woodward, BC juv, Alabama, Tampa Derby won 16 riding titles. Mark D that is how he is in the HOF. How many of the races have you won? It cracks me up how people always want to stomp on someone when he is down.
Charles Sakach More than 1 year ago
Thank God Calvin wasn't killed. I feel bad about Sonic Dancer.
G More than 1 year ago
Get well soon Boo Boo!
Bill More than 1 year ago
One of Joe’s ‘ghost’ articles made the front page of the Sunday sports sections with photos. It centered on a movie starlet who was pictured at a crowded table in the track kitchen with her white poodle, a vet with ‘Dutrow’ fingers and a racing commissioner who owned several horses that left the course mangled. The actress had seen the Ruffian-Foolish Pleasure Match Race. Ruffian had to be eased on the backstretch. Ruffian's jockey, Jacinto Vasquez, jumped off and grabbed her reins. Her saddle was unhinged and removed. The vet applied an inflatable air cast to her right foreleg. The horse ambulance’s ramp waited. In a modern snap and plunge breakdown, a speed racer nearing the finish line collapsed and died with his saddle on. The jockey was a projectile. Later, he retired from the saddle due to injuries sustained. Because the lab work on his three legged ‘brush with death’ mount came back clean, the maimed jockey never sued. The next day, ‘Front Page’ Joe’s editor ordered him to start his hustle by composing an article that highlighted the crippled jockey’s key career wins, stats of note and riding style. The jock was pictured with his family and, Joe, forecasted a bright future after rehabilitation
John More than 1 year ago
Can ANYONE tell me when the BREEDERS CUP Racing Form will come out ? Couldnt find it this morning !
Scott Dixon More than 1 year ago
They are being mailed from Las Vegas tomorrow (Friday). I was told by my usual DRF guy there I always order from that I should have it in Nashville Monday or Tuesday.
Mark D More than 1 year ago
While his leg heals......He should take his Hall of Fame trophy and hang out with Marisa Tomei and along with the Acadmey Award she "earned" from My Cousin Vinny.
Mark Waggoner More than 1 year ago
I think Mark D has a hang-up or two...
mikeh More than 1 year ago
I can think of worse things than hanging out with Marisa Tomei!
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
Such sad news so soon after Dullahan. God bless Sonic Dancer, and condolences to his connections. Get well soon Calvin.
Mark D More than 1 year ago
Darn....this Hall of Fame Jock now may loose all his great Breeders Cup mounts..........no wait....does he even have any BC mounts? How did he make it in the Hall of Fame???
robert bertz More than 1 year ago
You are a wonderful and sensitive person?
Bruce Epstein More than 1 year ago
Dude, simply two wins back to back in the derby . . . and long winning ways in KY
Mark D More than 1 year ago
I suppose you think Eli Manning is a Hall of Fame Quaterback then???
Dan Howe More than 1 year ago
U are a moron !!!!!!!!!!!!
Dan Howe More than 1 year ago
3 derbys in 4 ears & won 2 Tripple Crown races same year with diff. horses ! The list goes on & on you fool!!!
G More than 1 year ago
You obviously know very little about horse racing and major races!
Mark D More than 1 year ago
I know that if you "G" had a horse...in a BC race...or The Kentucky Derby. A once in a lifetime opportunity. That Calvin Borel not be on your TOP 15 list of active jockeys you would want to ride. And clearly the rest of the racing world has always thought that.
G More than 1 year ago
maybe I would use him. He is a good person, good rider and I have now known him for 30 years. He however is getting up in age for a jockey. He is though a very good jockey, who has spent his career riding the same circuit.
G More than 1 year ago
Oh, one last thing, if he is so low on the KY Derby list of riders, why does he have a mount every year and why has he won more KY derby's than any other jockey? Since you think he is that bad a rider.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mark You need to get a life Slamming won of the best riders ever I put him in the top 25
Ronald Menard More than 1 year ago
please cal come back soon and hope you feel better , come back stronger than ever, GOD BLESS
lancelawson33 More than 1 year ago
Maybe 3 wins in the Derby got him there?