Well, I shouldn’t have been surprised.
The 136th Run for the Roses ended with jockey Calvin Borel winning AGAIN, the third time in the past four years. This time, on Super Saver.
The horse went off at 12-1 odds.
So winning the Derby was nothing new for this great jocket (from Louisiana)…not so for trainer Todd Pletcher, who has had 24 (count em) entrants in the Derby before yesterday’s win. His first.
Borel knows this track. And we know Borel.
He broke from the gate and went directly to the rail. Waiting for just the right moment to make the break.
Confident, as always, he told reporters “I knew nothing was going to run him down.” This, despite a hard charge from Ice Box down the home stretch.
Pletcher, who had come close to Derby wins with Bluegrass Cat (2006) and Invisible Ink (2001), was happy to have Borel on his side for once, especially given his history at the famed Louisville course.
“Calvin Borel is a great rider anywhere he goes, but at Churchill Downs he’s even five lengths better,” Pletcher said.
We couldn’t have said it better.
Be interesting to see the horse he rides next year.