Three-time Kentucky Derby winner and Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel is retiring.
The popular rider nicknamed “Bo-rail” for his knack of finding a spot along the inside of the track told his agent, Larry Melancon, it’s time to call it a career.
Melancon says Borel told him Wednesday during a phone conversation, “This is what I want to do, this is the end of it.”
Borel is the only jockey to win three Derbies in four years. He rode Street Sense to victory in 2007, won a second Derby in 2009 aboard 50-1 long shot Mine That Bird and won the next year with Super Saver. He also rode Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra to victory in the 2009 Preakness.
The Cajun rider won 5,146 races in a career that covered 33 years.