Calvin Borel is the Secretariat of humans
Calvin Borel is horse racing’s greatest icon in decades.
This is what Borel has done in four years:
- Won the $750,000 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs on a 91-1 longshot, in June, 2006.
- Rode Street Sense to victory in the 2007 Kentucky Derby, and followed that up with a runner-up run in the Preakness.
- In July of 2007, Borel won six races on a single card at Churchill.
- He rode Rachel Alexandria to victory at the Kentucky Oaks last year.
- Then, the very next day, he steered Mine That Bird, a 50-1 horse, to victory at the Kentucky Derby.
- A couple of weeks later, he beat Mine That Bird at the Preakness, aboard Rachel Alexandria. He was the first jockey to win two legs of a triple crown on different horses.
- Yesterday, aboard Super Saver, Borel won the Kentucky Derby again. He is the first jockey to ever win three of four Kentucky Derbies.
What’s truly incredible about all that, is that it all came after Borel’s 39th birthday. He spent over twenty years as a slightly above mid-level jockey before that 91-1 victory in 2006. Now, he’s this generation’s most famous and prolific jockey. A living horse racing legend.
Some nominees to play Borel in the movie:
Michael Cera — scrawny and will certainly want that “serious” role at some point
Joe Pesci — the perfect match, but Hollywood will never let it happen
Tobey Maguire — because people seemed to like Seabiscuit, for some unfathomable reason
Elijah Wood — c’mon, you know it works. Borel kinda looks like Frodo
And the wildcard…..
Michael Emerson — think about it, it just makes sense