Horse racing

Borel rides 5,000th winner at Oaklawn Park

three-time derby winner dedicates milestone to agent

March 8, 2013 

Oaklawn Handicap Horse Racing

Calvin Borel is the 26th North American rider with 5,000 wins.

DANNY JOHNSTON — ASSOCIATED PRESS

Three-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel claimed career win No. 5,000 Thursday by riding Hezunusal to victory in the sixth race at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark.

Borel, 46, became the 26th North American jockey with 5,000 wins.

"When I started, I didn't even dream of riding 5,000 races, let alone winning 5,000," Borel said. "I would like to dedicate this race to my agent (Jerry Hissam).

"I want to thank all the trainers and fans. I think they saw I always tried my best and appreciated it. I'm really happy I got this at Oaklawn. It's one of my favorite tracks."

Every person at Oaklawn Thursday received a commemorative trading card honoring Borel's achievement.

The Oaklawn racing season began in January with Borel at 4,999 wins, but the rider broke his wrist days before the meet opened. He returned in February but couldn't come up with a winner until Thursday.

Other milestone wins for Borel at Oaklawn include the 1993 Arkansas Derby and the 2009 Fantasy Stakes aboard Rachel Alexandra, the 2009 Horse of the Year that he rode to victory in the Preakness.

His Kentucky Derby winners were Street Sense in 2007, Mine That Bird in 2009 and Super Saver in 2010.

Mine That Bird coming to Derby Museum

Mine That Bird will be stabled on the grounds of the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville throughout the Churchill Downs spring meet.

The 2009 Derby winner, retired in the fall of 2010, has been stabled in New Mexico at co-owner Mark Allen's Double Eagle Ranch. He is expected to arrive at the Derby Museum on April 15 as the resident Thoroughbred and stay through July 4.

"As most Derby winners retire to stud, the opportunity to share a legendary horse with the fans at the museum is rare. However, as a gelding and a fan favorite with his 50-1 long-shot win, Mine That Bird is a great fit for all involved," said Lynn Ashton, executive director at the Kentucky Derby Museum.

This is the first time the Kentucky Derby Museum has had a Kentucky Derby winner stabled on the grounds.

Violence retired to stud

Grade I winner Violence, who came out of his runner-up finish in the Grade II Fountain of Youth with a fractured right front medial sesamoid, has been retired and will take up stud duty at John G. Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms.

Trained by Todd Pletcher and campaigned by Steve Marshall's Black Rock Stable, Violence was unbeaten in three career starts before finishing second to Orb in the Fountain of Youth.

Ive Struck a Nerve minority interest is sold

A minority interest in Ive Struck a Nerve, upset winner of the Grade II Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds on Feb. 23, has been sold, trainer Keith Desormeaux said Thursday.

Big Chief Racing is the 3-year-old's primary owner. Paul Braverman becomes minority owner, said Desormeaux, who will continue to train Ive Struck a Nerve.

Ive Struck a Nerve won the Risen Star at odds of 135-1.

He is scheduled to run next in the $1 million Louisiana Derby on March 30.

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