01/16/2013 4:40PM

Oaklawn: Training resumes with Borel watching, on the mend

Barbara D. Livingston
Jockey Calvin Borel is sitting at 4,999 career victories.

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Horses were back training at Oaklawn Park on Wednesday after a three-day hiatus, and jockey Calvin Borel found himself in the unusual position of watching the proceedings. Borel has been healing from an injury to his left wrist that has put his bid for 5,000 career victories on hold. But during a visit to Oaklawn on Wednesday, he said he was quite hopeful the cast he is wearing will be removed in 14 days.

“I’m doing good,” he said. “I go back to the doctor on Tuesday.”

Borel is sitting at 4,999 career victories and was named to ride five horses on Oaklawn’s opening card Jan. 11. But three days before the start of the meet he was found to have broken a small bone in his wrist. Borel said a horse had flipped with him in the starting gate a few days earlier. At the time, he believed he had just sprained his wrist. But when he went home after working horses Jan. 8, he experienced some swelling in the wrist after picking up a ladder. He proceeded to go to the doctor.

Borel, 47, is a three-time winner of the Kentucky Derby who annually winters at Oaklawn.

Oaklawn had to cancel racing last Saturday and Sunday after more than two inches of rain fell just before first post on Saturday. Flooding created a washout area near the 7 1/2-furlong pole, and training was canceled Sunday and Monday so repairs could be made. Tuesday, freezing temperatures forced the cancellation of training. The track was expected to have resumed racing as scheduled on Thursday.

Joe Rotell More than 1 year ago
i bet the other jocks probably feel alot safer with him on the sidelines.
The_Whiz More than 1 year ago
Sorry to hear Jerry is having health problems - He is a top notch agent as well as being very likeable and willing to help others. Best wishes to Jerry and Joannie.
Grazyna Mianska More than 1 year ago
Mr Borel is the best Guts and Balls rider in America !
Dave Schuler More than 1 year ago
Yep Guts @ Balls-(needs Anger Mgt )-lolk-DS
myjockwon More than 1 year ago
lets say some prayers for his agent of 20 plus years Jerry Hissam he's had a rough go this winter with his health.
Geral John Pinault More than 1 year ago
My boy Calvin always starts off slow each year. He gets more mounts and more wins as the winter-spring season gets going. And he usually lands on a good Kentucky Derby prospect. He's wise enough to ride at both Fair Grounds and Oaklawn Park. Here's hoping that you get win # 5000 soon Calvin!!!