Calvin Borel Injury: Updates on Jockey's Leg
Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel is in stable condition and is suffering the effects of a concussion after being unseated from his mount during a race Wednesday at Keeneland Race Course.
Track officials have confirmed that Borel went down when his mount, Sonic Dancer, suffered an injury during the day's sixth race, per The Courier-Journal. At this time there is no word on why the maiden broke down, but Borel was sent from the horse and suffered a leg injury.
Borel has a broken fibula.
From the Twitter account of Borel:
Thank you all for prayers, Calvin has a broken fibula (smaller bone under tibia) but miraculously unscathed otherwise- no concussion or— Calvin Borel (@CalvinHBorel) October 23, 2013
Cont or scull fracture considering how hard he fell that's a gift from God~ thank u for your prayers we are so thankful— Calvin Borel (@CalvinHBorel) October 23, 2013
“He was stable, somewhat alert and suffering the effects of a sports concussion,” Keeneland medical director Dr. Barry Schumer said. “He was complaining of pain in his left leg but he was able to move it. He was transported to the University of Kentucky Medical Center for further evaluation.”
With Borel in harm's way, the track's outrider—essentially a security official who ensures the safety of the horses and jockeys, both during and after the race—called the race off and directed the remaining participants away from the scene.
He was then transported to a local hospital in Lexington, where he'll undergo further testing to clarify the extent of his injuries.
A three-time Kentucky Derby winner, Borel is one of the sport's most recognizable jockeys. He won the 2007 race at Churchill Downs on Street Sense, and then notched back-to-back wins with Mine That Bird (2009) and Super Saver (2010).
He also won the 2009 Preakness stakes atop Rachel Alexandra, nearly completing the personal Triple Crown before finishing third with Mine That Bird at the Belmont. In winning both the Preakness and Kentucky Derby on different mounts, however, he still became the first in history to pull off that feat.
Although Borel has gone home empty-handed in each of the past three years, he's still one of the most respected and feared jockeys in every field he enters. The 46-year-old captured his 5,000th career win in March at Oaktown Park.
He's also earned well over $100 million in earnings and was inducted into the Hall of Fame this past August.
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