Calvin “Bo-rail” Borel is a creative spatial and strategic genius, and that’s why he’s in this blog 3 times. No other jockey has won as many Kentucky Derbys, nevermind on 3 different horses and within 4 years.
Betters think races are about horses. They’re not. If they were, we could run horses on treadmills and clock which was the fastest. Or jockeys wouldn’t ride any but the last one that won.
That’s what’s great. A team shows up at Churchill Downs. A team is in the gate. Parimutuelly, you bet on a horse. But you’re not. You’re betting on relationships. And when stars line up—between a challenged student and finally the right teacher, between a noncommercialized talent and an underground audience, and between a less remarkable racehorse and an adroit jockey—it’s breakthrough. And where Borel is involved, a thrill.