Hall of Fame jockey Borel breaks leg in Keeneland spill

awincze@herald-leader.comOctober 23, 2013 

Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel suffered a broken leg after being thrown off his mount during the sixth race at Keeneland on Wednesday.

Borel's wife, Lisa, said in a message on Facebook on Wednesday night that Borel had a broken fibula. The jockey was also displaying symptoms of a concussion.

Borel was thrown shortly after the start of the 11⁄16-mile turf race when his mount, Sonic Dancer, suffered a fatal injury to his right front while going for the lead just past the stands for the first time.

"We are so lucky today, Calvin had a horrible spill but managed to walk away (with) only a broken Fibula ... no concussion or soft tissue injuries," Lisa Borel said in her post. "We are very very lucky considering how hard he fell. Prayers to the connections of the fallen horse, and thanks to God above for keeping 'Boo' from further harm today. It could have been much much worse."

The sixth race was waved off midway down the backstretch and declared a no contest as Borel was still prone on the turf course. Borel briefly lay motionless on the turf but did start moving his extremities as he was loaded onto a stretcher and put into an ambulance. He was conscious as he was transported a short while later to University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center. Dr. Barry Schumer, medical director for Keeneland, said the three-time Kentucky Derby-winning rider was suffering from concussion-like symptoms.

"He was thrown, I don't think he was stepped on," Schumer said.

Schumer said Borel was sent to the hospital with a DVD video of the incident "so that the doctors can see exactly how he hit the ground which is very helpful in terms of evaluating him."

Sonic Dancer, a 3-year-old son of Suave trained by Larry Lay for Rakesh and Kumud Sikand, was vanned off and euthanized because of a broken cannon bone in his right front.

Borel, 46, was inducted into Racing's Hall of Fame in August with more than 5,000 career wins.

Alicia Wincze Hughes: (859) 231-1676. Blog: horseracing.bloginky.com. Twitter: @horseracinghl.

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