FRANKFORT — Jockey Calvin Borel, who won this year's Kentucky Derby on Mine That Bird and the Preakness Stakes aboard filly Rachel Alexandra, is speaking out for video lottery terminals at the state's racetracks.
Borel is lending a hand to the Kentucky Equine Education Project, a horse industry group based in Lexington, by urging legislators to pass a bill at an upcoming special legislative session to allow slots at the tracks. Proponents of slots at tracks say it would help to increase purses at racetracks and keep breeders in Kentucky.
Borel is featured in a radio ad and has written a commentary about the issue.
"If it doesn't pass soon, then we will fall way behind, and those hard-working people all over Kentucky who take care of the horses will have to relocate to other states," Borel said in the commentary.
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"There are reasons that Kentucky has been recognized as No. 1," Borel said. "We have strong racetracks and internationally known races which provide a year-round circuit. We have the finest breeding farms and horses in the world. And, we have outstanding horsemen and women who take care of the horses.
"No other state has this foundation. But Kentucky is at a crossroads. Our position as the best is slipping. Every other state in the region now helps fund their purses and breeders' awards with money from alternative forms of gaming."
A KEEP spokeswoman said Borel is not getting paid for his work.