Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel suffered a broken fibula after being thrown off his mount in the sixth race at Keeneland Wednesday. The Louisville Courier-Journal reported that the three-time Kentucky Derby winner will miss three to four weeks due to the injury.
Borel's mount, Sonic Dancer, unseated the rider when he stumbled shortly after the start of the maiden special weight contest. A trailing horse also appeared to make contact with Borel after he hit the ground. The accident occurred going into the first turn of the 1 1/16-mile turf race, which was declared a no contest.
Borel was transported to the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center, complaining of pain in his left leg and displaying symptoms of a concussion. Lisa Borel, the rider's wife, later posted the following update on her Facebook page:
“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. 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.”
Borel's mount, Sonic Dancer, had to be euthanized due to his injuries.
Read more in the Louisville Courier-Journal
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