Keeneland

Injury to sideline jockey Borel 3-4 weeks

Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel is expected to be out three to four weeks after suffering a broken fibula in his left leg during a spill at Keeneland on Wednesday.

According to Borel's longtime agent, Jerry Hissam, the 46-year-old broke "the secondary bone in behind the knee, connecting to the ankle" but did not require surgery and will not need a cast.

"He came home (from University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center) last night," Hissam said when reached Thursday morning. "He doesn't have a cast but he can't put any pressure on it.

"He's awfully body sore but hopefully he can make the last few days of the Churchill Downs meet."

Borel was riding Sonic Dancer, who fatally fractured his right front cannon bone shortly after the start of the 11⁄16-mile turf race. Paramedics were not immediately able to remove Borel from the course a little distance after the finish line and the stewards ruled the race a no contest.

Dr. Barry Schumer, medical director for Keeneland, said the three-time Kentucky Derby-winning rider was suffering from concussion-like symptoms immediately after the fall but a CAT scan revealed no concussion or soft tissue injuries.

Sonic Dancer, a 3-year-old son of Suave trained by Larry Lay for Rakesh and Kumud Sikand, was vanned off and euthanized.

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