UPDATE: Borel Suffers Broken Leg in Keeneland Spill

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Calvin Borel Calvin Borel

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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  • bobjonestwo

    Get well Calvin, see you at the Kentucky Derby.

  • Nayrod

    So glad he will heal and be back. Speedy recovery Borel!

  • Beach

    Ugh…I’m so sorry for all, especially Sonic Dancer and connections. It’s horrible when a horse loses his or her life. Prayers for Calvin’s recovery–I’m bummed for him but I’m also glad he didn’t break his tibia too, or worse. Hang in there…

  • Hoops and Horses

    It’s sad, but it’s also a part of this sport and always will be. :(

    At least Borel’s injuries were not too bad and he will be back riding soon.

  • Don Reed

    This really STINKS. I’m glad that it wasn’t worse. Get better Calvin, the ONLY jockey in recent memory to ever to be invited (on his own, not a member of a team) to the White House.

  • Mimi Hunter

    Prayers and best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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