02/05/2013 5:16PM

Oaklawn Park notes: Borel still awaiting clearance from doctor

Barbara D. Livingston
Calvin Borel has another appointment with his doctor next week.

Jockey Calvin Borel, who has not ridden since breaking a small bone in his left wrist the second week in January, is awaiting clearance from his doctor to return to the saddle. Borel was evaluated on Tuesday by his doctor, who asked him to come back next week for another assessment, said Jerry Hissam, the rider’s agent. Borel is one win shy of career victory 5,000. He was injured just prior to the start of the Oaklawn meet Jan. 11.

Hissam spent last week in the hospital, battling an infection of his pancreas. He said Tuesday that the infection was a complication from a gall bladder operation he had Dec. 27. Hissam also had heart bypass surgery in December. He has long been the agent for Borel, a three-time winner of the Kentucky Derby.

Right to Vote returns Thursday

Right To Vote, the runner-up in last year’s Grade 2 Peter Pan at Belmont Park, returns to action in Thursday’s eighth race at Oaklawn. The $32,000 optional claimer that carries second-level allowance conditions and will be run over six furlongs. The race will be the first start since June for Right To Vote, whose chief rivals include Limehouse Blues and Seven Lively Sins.

Right To Vote last raced at Churchill Downs on June 16, finishing fourth as the favorite in the Grade 3 Matt Winn. Robby Albarado has the mount on the horse, who will be first Lasix. Eoin Harty trains Right to Vote, who has been working sharply at Oaklawn for the partnership of Casner Racing and Sam B. Pollock.

Limehouse Blues has recency on Right to Vote courtesy of a third-place finish at this level Jan. 20. He closed fast in the six-furlong race at Oaklawn that went in a quick 1:10.60. Lindey Wade has the mount for Vickie Fixley and trainer Joe Petalino.

The_Whiz More than 1 year ago
Enough about the "old" Jockeys - How about the Stars of Tomorrow namley Jareth Loveberry who is riding at Oaklawn this meet and doing very well with limited mounts. These young riders are the future so let's offer some encouragement and ink.
Mark Hoeft More than 1 year ago
I agree the up and comers deserve some credit, however, I am a fan of the true sportsmen out there. Calvin Borel is a real working class sportsman. He never lets a day go to waste between working out horses, racing, and greeting everyone around him with respect. He'd ride for free if there were no bills to pay. The man is my favorite jockey, not because he's the most talented (lets face it, he's not), but because he is always fun to watch!
B More than 1 year ago
I don't mean to disrespect your appreciation for him, but I've always had this feeling that there is a very nasty, unlikable side to him. He is a good story though, but I think there are much more likable jocks out there. I do, however, hope he can get back for that 5000th victory. What a sad thing that would be. I guess I like Mike Smith the most these days, though I have been a bigger fan of others that are now retired. If only I could get Smith's ride on Zenyatta's last race out of my head!
radnor87 More than 1 year ago
He's a good horseman and an unpretentious hard working guy.
gerard doise More than 1 year ago
I know Calvin personally along with many other Louisiana native jockeys as I am a Louisiana native. Calvin is a good person and will loose his temper at tmes but it takes a good bit to get him hot, but that may have changed as it has been at least 10 tears since I have seen him in person. Not to defend any jock he looses his temper and fights or beats on anyone but it is a very stressful occupation and even more so if you are always figting to make weight.
Bruce Epstein More than 1 year ago
Dude, one does not go from Thistledowns / Beula / Riverdowns to the gib time, only Steve Cauthen made the big time from Riverdonws.
clewis93_rick More than 1 year ago
it can happen,just ask Larry Snyder.
gerard doise More than 1 year ago
Sorry, but Loveberry has made a very slow start. He has been riding for 8 years and still has limited mounts. If you want to talk about up and comers, Joe Talamo is one of the very best young riders at this tome.
Bruce Baudoux More than 1 year ago
Little Joe is great but Edwin Maldonato has come out of nowhere to compete in southern Cal. We have followed Joe ever since his meteoric rise to fame from his apprenticeship season at the Fairgrounds but where the heck did Maldonato learn his trade?
gerard doise More than 1 year ago
edwin started riding in Utah at unrecognized tracks and began riding in southern cal in 2002.
ron More than 1 year ago
a jockeys vacation.