Three-time Kentucky Derby winning jockey Calvin Borel was officially named Monday to ride WinStar Farm’s Revolutionary when the son of War Pass makes his expected start in the Kentucky Derby on May 4.
Borel previously helped bring home the first Kentucky Derby winner for owner WinStar Farm and trainer Todd Pletcher, who conditions Revolutionary, when he guided Super Saver to victory for those connections in 2010.
“Calvin’s Kentucky Derby experience and affinity for Churchill Downs makes him a perfect fit for most Derby contenders, and we’re thrilled to have him aboard Revolutionary to once again carry the WinStar colors in horse racing’s biggest race,” Elliott Walden, President & CEO of WinStar, said in a release. “Obviously, Calvin did a masterful job guiding Super Saver to WinStar’s first ever Kentucky Derby victory a few years ago, which is something we’ll be forever thankful for. So we’ve had good fortune together, and hopefully, history can repeat itself on May 4th.”
WinStar polled fans this past weekend through its fan-based website – WinStar Stablemates – to gain feedback on which jockey fans would like to see aboard Revolutionary in the Kentucky Derby. Calvin Borel and Rosie Napravnik were far and away the leading vote getters, which helped to affirm the decision.
Walden added: “We’re thrilled with the response from the fans that took the interest and got involved in voting on who should ride Revolutionary in the Derby through our WinStar Stablemates website. We took every choice under serious consideration, and ultimately Todd (Pletcher) and I chose Calvin. We’re pleased that many of the fans thought the same.”
Borel earned his first Derby win when he booted home champion Street Sense to victory in 2007. Borel then pulled a monster upset in 2009 when he got longshot Mine That Bird home in the first leg of the Triple Crown.