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Talkin’ Horses with Calvin Borel is brought to you by OCD Pellets – Build stronger bones.  For more information, go to www.OCDPellets.com.

Ron: First of all, congratulations on your great weekend!

Calvin:  Thank you very much. 

Ron:  We've had hundreds of questions submitted for you, and a lot of them are about the same stuff; you know I’m sure you’ve heard them before.  Most of these people, they're big fans of yours and Mine That Bird, and they all say congratulations.  We won’t read all those today, because we don’t have time for it.  But certainly, you're the man of the hour!

Calvin:  We try hard, sir.

Ron:  Between Street Sense, Rachel Alexandra and Mine That Bird, who is the best horse if you could choose?  Also, what are their different characteristics?

Calvin:  You know, it’s kind of hard to put them in [inaudible 1:00]. 

Street Sense was a come from behind horse and you know, Rachel Alexandra, she’s pretty up par, you know.  I can't take nothing away from Street Sense.  You know, he was… at the time, he was the best horse in the country.  Because we had Curlin and them kind of horses, you know.  But right now, you know, I think Rachel Alexandra is the best in the country right now.

Ron:  What about personalities between those three, especially Rachel Alexandra and Mine That Bird; what are their personalities like?

Calvin:  They're totally alike.  You wouldn’t imagine.  You know, Street Sense too and Rachel Alexandra… I think that’s what makes them a racehorse.  They're very relaxed, they have a good personality, they go to the post calm, cool, collective, and I think that’s one thing why and Mine That Bird runs good because he was very relaxed before the Derby, and all of the other horses were cutting up and everything.  And I think that was a big plus for him.

Ron:  So that’s a plus; you want to see a calm horse, rather than one… I guess a lot of racing fans think seeing a horse that’s really on its toes and keyed up is a good sign.

Calvin:  Not in them positions, you know sir… I mean you have a lot of 45 minute post parade and stuff like that; you want them to be as calm as you can, to get to the gate.  I think that that has helped Mine That Bird a lot in the last race. 

Ron:  Next question comes from someone named Phil Rizzi.  “I read that you yelled out to Stewart Elliott to move over and give you room as you moved on the rail.”

Calvin:  I didn’t yell that.  I mean I just said Stu, you know… because he was a little close to the fence, you know, and his horse was you know, really, really stopping … I mean he was just, you know, not doing nothing.  He seen me before I even hollered, you know, and I said Stu, and then when I went by, you know, he said, “Go get ‘em,” and I said “Okay, Stu.”  I mean it wasn’t really a holler, you know, because it was a little tight and that his horse was stopping so fast.  You know, I mean … it was just a … not even a second split thing, you know.

Ron:  Right.  I guess within the jockey community, if you know you're on a horse that can't keep pace and somebody needs to get through, you kind of honor that and allow them to do that, rather than trying to block them.

Calvin:  Well sure, yeah.  You always, always do that.  You're not going to stop a horse from winning.  I mean, you know, it’s different if you're … you know, you both … I mean head and head or you’ve got a lot of horse under you, then you're gonna race ride.  But when you're last – and he was second to last – I was mad.  He was beating, you know, whipping his horse – and you know, I’d do the same thing.  You know, I mean it’s just natural … I mean if you have any personality in riding and racing, you know, I mean … now it’s different if you both have horses and you go into that position, well sure, you're going to do your best to keep the other horse from winning and try to win in yourself.  But 85% of the riders that ride, they race them like that, you know, you can't keep a straight course and just ride with confidence.  Really and truly, me and Stewart, we go back way, way, way back.  He’s a very good guy.  You couldn’t ask for a better rider to ride against.  I’d do the same thing in that situation, and he knows that. 

Ron:  So really, there is nothing to be gained.  If you're on a horse that can't keep pace, there is nothing to be gained by blocking a horse that you know has got better ability coming through. 

Calvin:  Right, yeah, at that time.  You know, when you're last and second to last, you know it’s kind of hard just to … you know, just getting away and stop a horse from performing his best.  You know what I mean?  Like I said, now it’s totally different if you're going to the same hole and you’ve got a lot of horse, then where you have to ride your race … I mean you don’t drop him, but you're gonna try to put him in that position.  You can run him up a horse or something and try to ride your own race and get there before they do. 

Ron:  What was going through your mind as you sought running room in the Derby and went through what seemed like an impossible hole?

Calvin:  Well, I pulled my goggles down… I mean this is the first Derby that I've ever been in my life where they never would spread out horses, you know.  The widest horse is maybe 4 wide the whole race.  So I knew when I made my run if I had any kind of horse, I could have went around the three or four horses, but the opportunity comes in an open fence, so that’s why I went there.  And I mean it took a split second, he was in and out of it, but I had a lot of horse.  I knew I had a lot of horse.  I mean I saw I could get in there and ride him to get in there.

Ron:  Do you think that had you gone through the outside, you still could have won?

Calvin:  Oh yes, sir.  Yeah.

Ron:  Really?  Good.  That’s good to know.  Next question (From Carolyn) – this kind of something we've already touched on, but after the Oaks, you said that you were glad Rachel Alexandra didn’t run the Derby, but that you didn’t think the colts could have run with her.  When would be the right time for her to face the boys, in your opinion?

Calvin:  You know, I think she can take the boys any time she wants.  Like I told y’all before, I think she’s the best filly in the country right now.

Ron:  Best horse in the country?

Calvin:  Best – yeah, in the country.  Sir, I've never asked to do anything; she’s a freak, she’s unbelievable.  I don’t know how good she is.  It’s really scary.  I mean I've never asked her to run – I mean I don’t know how good she is, sir.

Ron:  I guess we’ll find out soon, right?

Calvin:  Oh yeah, we’ll find out.  We’ll have one coming along try to get us.

Ron:  The next question comes from Alex C. “In watching your interaction with Mine That Bird at the barn the morning after the Derby, I got a sense that you have a deeper connection with that horse.  Can you talk a little bit about your relationships with Mine That Bird and Rachel Alexandra.”

Calvin:  I always have a good connection with my horse.  I get on them in the morning, that helps a lot.  You know, you get to feel them and everything.  You know, you find their little pokes, this and that.  In fact, I’d say Mine That Bird, I've got to give a lot of credit to the trainer because he had him so fit and ready to run.  Like he told me before the race, all week long, he said “Calvin, the only thing I want you to do is just take him back to last and create a three-eighths of a mile run.”  He said, “I've been on him myself, and I know he can go the last three-eighths in :36-:37,” but I never could get it either to do that.  And when I started watching these reruns, I could see what he was talking about, you know, they were moving him about the three-quarter pole and then he’d make the lead about the 1/16th pole and just hang.  It was taking everything out of him.

Ron:  And that maybe what happened in the Derby with those other horses, right?  I mean they used all their energy early?

Calvin:  Exactly.  I learned that from Carl Nafzger you know what I mean?  The first three-quarters of a mile don’t mean nothing; it’s always the last half a mile. 

Ron:  That’s great to know.  You're giving away some of your trade secrets here, Calvin.  Next question – who have been your role models, both as a person and as a jockey?

Calvin:  One of my brothers was obviously my brother.  He kept me straight me all my life and made me work hard and accomplish everything. 

Ron:  And then as a jockey – role models.

Calvin:  I was a great fan of Laffit Pincay. I just loved the way he’d finish on a horse.  You know, he was strong.  I mean I think he was the most – greatest rider in America, you know.  Because he was so strong on a horse.  I seen him hook ride at some lane, and he win the race, not the horse.  He was my role model all the time.

Ron:  Which other jockeys, either active or retired, did you admire the most?

Calvin:  Pat Day – I admire Pat Day a lot, you know, because he had a lot of class.  Very classy guy.  And you know, we were very close.  We were kind of in the same corner all the time.  Pat helped me out a lot, you know, when I got depressed and stuff like that.  You know, he sat down and talked to me and said you know, we have bad times, good times … he was always, always there to help me.  I've got to give Pat a lot of credit about that, because he tried to help every rider; you know, that got down and stuff, you know… and I know one thing, he really, really helped me a lot.

Ron:  That’s great.  That’s what we always hear about Pat Day.

Calvin:  Yes, sir, a good guy.

Ron:  Next question – how many injuries have you had during your career, and which was the most serious?

Calvin:  Hmm, I know I got about 37 bones busted, and then I stayed in intensive care for eight days when I had busted all my ribs and they took out my spleen, punctured my lungs, and ended up putting plastic ribs on, shattered my knees – it was really bad … it was about the second year in my career. 

Ron:  Wow.  So I would say that with all that, it’d be hard to pick which one was the most serious. 

Calvin:  Yes, sir. 

Ron:  Does the possibility of injury enter your mind as you're riding in a race?

Calvin:  No, sir.  Not at all.  When that’s gonna come, I’m gonna retire, sir.  When I wake up one morning and ever think that I’m gonna be… you know, have any feeling that I’m going to be a little scared of something like that, I’m retiring, because I think that’s when you really will get hurt. 

Ron:  So you didn’t want to ride scared?

Calvin:  No, sir.  I can promise you that.

Ron:  Next question – after your first Derby win, were you more in demand by trainers on a national basis that wanted you to travel around the country to ride in big races?

Calvin:  Oh yes.  Yes, sir.  It helped a lot.  We got a lot of calls to go ride different horses – good horses and stuff like that.  It was a big stepping stone.  I went to Saratoga and did so good there.  Like I say, I've got to give a lot of credit to Mr. Carl for giving me the opportunity to ride Street Sense.  I knew from day one, he was my horse, you know, win, lose or draw, and I knew he was a great horse.  Yeah, it helped me a lot, believe me you.

Ron:  Now, you and your agent, Jerry Hissam, have been together for a long time and obviously, you have a great working relationship.  With your success in the Derbies and now the Oaks, have other agents tried to get you to go other places and lure you away?

Calvin:  No.  They know me and Jerry – we been together for 19 years, you know what I mean – they wouldn’t even ask that question because it would be a stupid question. 

Ron:  That’s good that they have enough sense to realize that. 

Calvin:  I've been with Jerry for 19 years and we've never had two bad words.  We always work things out.  I mean, I listen to him, he listens to me, and we just sit down and talk.  It’s always been good.  You know, I mean I never had an agent approach me, like I say, because they know it would be a stupid question. 

Ron:  Right.  Gosh, 19 years, that’s longer than most marriages. I (From Kelly M.) would like to know if you have any rituals that you go through before every race?  Do you have any superstitions? 

Calvin:  No, sir, I don’t have no superstitions.  I get focused, pumped up, ready to ride.  I look at the form, I go over it good, and I try to see where every horse is going to be in every race.  And it’s not saying that that’s gonna happen, you know, some speed horses might get left.  So you know, then I might put my horse in a little different position, but I don’t even know how my horse is going to break.  So it’s kind of hard to say what’s gonna happen, you know.  But 85% of the time, it almost happens like you expect it to happen, you know.  That’s what I go by. 

Ron:  So you're more preparation, rather than superstition.

Calvin:  Yes, sir.  Oh yeah.

Ron:  (From Emily LaBona) How did you know you wanted to be a jockey?

Calvin:  When I was born, I wanted to be a jockey, sir.  I mean I rode in the bush tracks, and I went to the 8th grade, I was on horses when I was 4 years old.  When I left home, I was like 12 years old and my brother told me – told my mom and dad, you know, “he’s just a natural.  He has nothing but talent, … you know, that’s what he wants to do,” and my dream was to win the Derby.  And you know, my daddy just pulled me on the side and said “Son, if that’s what you wanna do, you're gonna have to work for it.  Nobody’s gonna give it to you.”  I worked every day and I got there.

Ron:  So really, you were born to be a jockey.

Calvin:  Yes, sir.  I think I was. 

Ron:  Speaking of those days in Louisiana and early on, (From Eddie King Jr.) what's your craziest story about riding as a kid on the Louisiana bush tracks?

Calvin:  Oh, I got a bunch of stories.  I mean I would load races inside of the gate, and I was on the horse and I looked on the side, and they had a chicken tied on the other horse… I got to the gate sometimes … I mean we stayed in the gate for 45 minutes sometimes, you know, we were just running 36 feet you know, two jumps out the gate just trying to kill the other horse in the gate, you know, trying to not kill him, but just trying to beat him out … you know, get him upset and back and forth … I mean I could tell you all kind of stories.  I mean I've seen gray horses they would paint black sometimes. 

Ron:  Sounds like a book.  (From Mary) When’s the book going to come on Calvin Borel?

Calvin:  I don’t know about that, sir.

Ron:  You haven't signed any contracts with writers or agents yet?

Calvin:  No, not really. 

Ron:  What about the movie?

Calvin:  No, sir, not yet. 

Ron:  This is from Paul Senegal, Jr. – maybe you know him, I don’t know.  “What is your favorite memory of Old Evangeline Downs?

Calvin:  My favorite movie is Casey’s Shadow.

Ron:  Casey’s Shadow.  From Bob Reeves – “How did you get the nickname “Boo.”

Calvin:  Because I was a boo-boo.  J  My mom and dad had me 12 years after my second brother – I mean my brother that comes before me.  So I was a … she was 40-something years old when she had me, so that’s why they call me “Boo.”

Ron:  Like a surprise.

Calvin:  Yeah, a surprise. 

Ron:  Next question (From Omardakarai) – what dreams or goals do you have now that you’ve won the Derby twice and won the Oaks?

Calvin:  Right now, my dream is just to stay healthy and get to my 5000 wins.  That’s my next goal. 

Ron:  The 5000 win would be your next goal, and that’s, you know, a couple of hundred wins away?

Calvin:  Yes, sir, I think I've got like 270 races to go. 

Ron:  What about Hall of Fame, is that a goal for you?

Calvin:  I’d love to.  You know, I mean … but it’s not a goal for me.  It never was my goal.  My next goal is to maybe get lucky and win another Derby and get up to win my 5000 career.

Ron:  Next question (From Michael Hovarth) – I recall a story – hearing a story about you riding barrels around a barn which taught you how to ride the rail, but I can't remember that.  Can you please relate that again.

Calvin:  You know, when I first started riding, my brother, we had a bunch of scattered horses and I rode some horses, and I’d go around and my brother started putting cones around the shedrow, because I’d come back and walk them after they run… and he’d put them in the middle of the shedrow and I’d say what the hell you doing that for?  He said “That’s how far you gone.  You lose so much ground.”  And I had to go all the way around the cones, so I realized that after that, I’m gonna start staying a little bit closer to the fence.

Ron:  So really, the rail is the quickest way from start to finish.

Calvin:  Not start to finish, but around the turn, I would say, yes, sir.

Ron:  Next question – this is from Karen Arnold.  “I am a jockey in training and want to know what it’s like to win the Kentucky Derby.  My goal is to win the Derby.”

Calvin:  You can't describe it.  I mean it’s unbelievable.  It’s emotional and you know, … I just wish my mom and dad was here to see what I accomplished in my career and that hurts me a lot.  But I know they're watching with me or riding with me because it’s happening too easy.

Ron:  The next question comes from another budding jockey, named Caitlin.  “I’m waiting word from Chris McCarron about getting into the jockey school.  I've wanted to be a jockey ever since I saw War Emblem and Espinoza go wire to wire in the 2002 Derby.  Any advice about becoming a jockey?”

Calvin:  Hard work.  You’ve got to put hard work and have a [inaudible 19:08] to guide you like Chris McCarron to guide you.  That’s why I think I've had success in my life because I had somebody to guide me since I was 12 years old.  I see riders come along and make a lot of money when they're young and everything goes to hell, and you need a guide there, a guy like Chris McCarron to get you there.  

Ron:  (From Sky) Have you visited with Street Sense since he retired, and does he remember you?

Calvin:  Oh yeah.  I usually call him “Daddy Rabbit,” that’s his nickname – “Daddy Rabbit.”  I go to Darley Farm and I’ll holler at him “Daddy Rabbit,” and his ears will perk up.  He knows.

Ron:  (From Shannon) Do you have a fan club?  I live in the northwest and would like to keep tabs on what's new with you? 

Calvin:  Not officially, no. 

Ron:  But you do have a lot of fans.

Calvin:  Oh I do have a lot of fans. 

Ron:  (From Christine P.) What is your favorite Cajun food?

Calvin:  It used to be crawfish, but I can't eat that anymore.  I started breaking out into hives.  I like etouffee and boudin, cracklins

Ron:  What do you do in your spare time, or do you have spare time?

Calvin:  I don’t have much spare time, but I love to hunt and fish.

Ron:  Do you hunt and fish around Kentucky, or do you go all over the country?

Calvin:  No, I really think when I go to Hot Springs is the most time I get to hunt and fish. 

Ron:  Is that one reason that Hot Springs, let’s say rather than Fair Grounds is on your list of where you go every year? 

Calvin:  Yes, sir, it is.  We usually just go to Hot Springs, you know, freshen up a little bit and get ready.  

Ron:  (From DeeDee) Why in the world, knowing you're riding propensity and success, do the other jockeys not keep an eye out for you?

Calvin:  Well most of them, you know, you’ve got to concentrate on your own horse.  Do you know what I mean?  And some horses don’t like to be on the inside, some horses don’t like to be on the outside.  And you know, when the horse runs up to you, they're usually running up on the outside and you know, they’ll try to make your horse go to them and to make your horse break, you know … it’s just a combination of things. 

Ron:  Our final question comes from Ruthie Roberts.  “We are proud of you.  When will you and Lisa marry?”

Calvin:  Oh I don’t know, sir.  We were supposed to get married five years ago, and just … as long as this keeps going on, I don’t know when we’re getting married. 

Ron:  So it’s just like riding a horse from far back, just be patient.

Calvin:  Yes, sir.  That’s the name of the game. 

Ron:  Listen, Calvin, like I said, we had hundreds of questions.  I've narrowed it down to what were the most popular and tried to mix it up a little bit.  We certainly appreciate your time and congratulations and good luck.

Calvin:  Okay, sir.  Thank you.  Bye bye.

49 Comments

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MATT H.

RACHEL ALEXANDRA is #1 in my book!

07 May 2009 4:23 PM
T.A. Miller

Calvin you are the BOMB!You ride a horse like you are in a race car.Good Luck in the Preakness Go Baby Go!

07 May 2009 7:52 PM
margies

calvin yoy are the man love you  and love rachel and mine that bird i bet on you number one jockey in the world congradulations  

07 May 2009 8:40 PM
PilotMal

Calvin, you're a genuine guy and a great representative for horse racing! Keep it up, and best of  luck in the Preakness! Thanks so much for answering our questions.

07 May 2009 9:32 PM
Lady Longshot

Calvin Bo-"rail"....I had all the faith that you would take it to the other 18 horses...LOL  and I had you in all my selections on Derby Day...but most of all thank you for making horse racing exciting!

07 May 2009 11:01 PM
Story Teller

Dear Calvin, it is people like you that make this sport so special.

Cheers to you, Chip, Mark and Dr Blach! A fan site in the near future? I certainly hope so. I must say; Calvin, that you have touched the hearts of many. Especially mine.

07 May 2009 11:26 PM
Pakistan Post

Calvin your ride on Street Sense is one of my all time favourite.

A hat trick of rail trips.

1.Street Sense

2.Dennis Of Cork

3.Mine That Bird

08 May 2009 6:43 AM
Suzanne Dorsey

Calvin, I definitely think you're the best jockey in the country right now.

08 May 2009 11:03 AM
Linda Robertson

Calvin, like so many millions, your talent, work ethic, and humbleness and like-ability has brought so much joy to me.  You have touched all our hearts.  How wonderful, after all your hard work, that you have been given the chance for your talent to shine.  I hope if Rachel Alexandra runs, you will be give the chance to ride her and not be overlooked as has happened so often in the past.  If so it is their loss and shame on them.

08 May 2009 12:56 PM
KELSO

Calvin there are those people who do not realize that "YOU" are what racing is really all about.

You represent the masses and the dreamers and your raw amazing talent has now put you into the eyes of the public and it's well deserved.

These big time trainers and owners who snubbed you over time and looked at you as the "STREETY CAJUN" small circuit journey man can all kiss your gritts and bow to your remarkable knowledge and talent. Most do not realize that every other of the other 19 entrants in The Derby passed you up for the so called jockeys of the day!!!!!!

I laugh at these so called false geniuses and their lack of respect for a man that is Horse Racing. I watch you in awe and I am thankful that your time is now.

Just let them kiss your grits!!!!!!

Regarding your easy decision to ride "The Lady" against the Boys, I sit here laughing having seen all the races over and over and over. From this poor mans view, I see the shadow of the one Filly who I loved more than any other Horse that ever raced before or now. Ruffian was G-D's gift to racing, her tragic ending in a senseless race made for TV is truly everything I hate about the game.

Have a safe journey in this 2009 Preakness my friend, show the class you always exhibit and keep in your mind, like me and so many others use you as a Hero Figure knowing fair well, those that are kissing your grits now, are doing it because they see now, (not before) what a great piece of real athletic and amazing ability you bring to the track!!!

I will be watching you look back at the Pimlico stretch during the Preakness. Don't let her win by the length of the entire stretch, keep her well enough to duplicate at the Belmont, Secretariats 31 length victory under your own saddle!!! Calvin, you're "The Man" .    

08 May 2009 2:11 PM
Kathy DellaSala

Love listeing to the Podcasts - do have 1 question however- On Calvin Borels' Podcast -while reading the transcript- why did Ron only mention a few of the names of the persons submitting the questions used & not each persons? I like to see the variety of names & places listed as on  prior Podcasts. Thanks, Kathy

08 May 2009 6:24 PM
Blood-Horse Staff

Kathy DellaSala - Good question. I'm not sure why that was. We'll have to make sure that he mentions more of the names in the future.

08 May 2009 6:47 PM
Barbara Mc

Great ride, rides!  You gave us a huge thrill and we sure do thank you for that!  I also like the movie Casey's Shadow, One of the retired Cajun jockeys says it is about him, is this true?  You are a true gem.  

08 May 2009 7:29 PM
eliz

I've been following Calvin for years. I'm not a bandwagon jumper and supported him through his career. It's great to his time come. I picked him on SS to win the Derby 2 years ago and again this years' Derby winner.

Everyone is so surprised by this win, except me. As soon as I found out he was on Mine That Bird, I knew and with that hit the exacta!

Calvin knows how to put the horse fist and his horses know this. We could use more people like Calvin Borel in our sport, not just jocks but people in general to make a difference.

Keep up the great work Calvin, we'll see more of you in the Preakness,,,,

Go baby GO!

08 May 2009 8:39 PM
Jeanine

Love the way you connect with the horses you ride. They will always do the best they can with you on their back.  Go all the way Calvin. Good Luck

08 May 2009 10:02 PM
Mark

Way to Go Calvin..Good Luck in the Preakness - Go Rachel Alexandra !!

08 May 2009 10:58 PM
Deborah

Dear Calvin,

Good Luck in the Preakness. Remember your roots and keep close your work ethic. Do right by Rachel Alexandra and she'll do right by you. Stay joined to the horse's energy and her heart.

Do right by her.  

09 May 2009 1:06 AM
kris fujimoto

What a great  interview! I would like to see Rachel win the triple crown for fillies. I hate  the feeling of conflict between MINE THAT BIRD and RACHEL.But most importantly is that every horse that runs comes back safely.I love the story behind MINE THAT BIRD.

I pray for every horse and rider stays safe!

Kris Fujimoto

09 May 2009 3:38 AM
Carlene

Calvin, I'm not sure but I think I enjoyed your Derby weekend almost as much as you did!It was an event I'll never forget for the rest of my life.It's been a week, and I'm still watching, rewatching, and marveling at all that transpired. Three generations of my family are your fans and have been since Street Sense--when we first became aware of you.I love your honesty, your sincerity,your work ethic,your love of horses, and your love of family.Please don't ever change--that would be a travesty.I'm sure your Mama and Daddy are riding with you.I'm waiting for the book and the movie.Laura Hildebrand, please get busy!Love you forever.

09 May 2009 11:44 AM
Audra Bishop

Oh Calvin...you are still the class act that you were when I first met you 23 years ago at Louisiana Downs.  It is so wonderful to see your continued success--best of luck to you in all that you do.  If you ever want someone to write your story...call me...I would love to do that.

09 May 2009 4:24 PM
Suzanne Thompson

Calvin, you sure do make Louisiana proud!

Suzanne Thompson

Pineville, La.

09 May 2009 4:48 PM
Gavin van Zyl

Congrats Calvin, that Derby win will go down as one of the all time great Derby rides!!! A pleasure to watch. Well done and may you enjoy much more success and reach your 5000 and more.

09 May 2009 6:50 PM
margies

mind that bird is kink of like the horse cannaro who won in 1970 a big long shot that nobody that would win from central america his trainer and owners could only speak spanish and she was shipped in wish you luck in the preakness and belmont stay safe love ya

09 May 2009 8:26 PM
Len Resto

Congrats, Calvin.  How refreshing to see someone who LOVES what he does!  No ego, just pure class.  I am 56 and am now having success I never dreamed of.  My Mom & Dad are gone 10 years now and I only wish they could share with me the happiness in my life at this moment. Good luck in the Preakness & Belmont and PLEASE come ride at Saratoga this summer!

09 May 2009 10:13 PM
Ed McNamara

The book on Calvin is already out, and he's on the cover. It's called "Cajun Racing: From the Bush Tracks to the Triple Crown," and I wrote it.

10 May 2009 2:27 PM
Renee

Calvin, you are The Best! Congratulations on your Derby Win!

Best Wishes for a safe & winning season! God Bless! Love ya!

11 May 2009 9:03 AM
da3hoss

Thanks, Bloodhorse, for the transcript, I know it was a lot of work!

11 May 2009 11:10 AM
carol ayala

Calvin when ever you come to the fairgrounds we always come to see you race, you are sunshine. I cried when you won thr kentucky DURBY. when you rode around that track talking to everyone that made the race complete. thank you for being a REAL PERSON for showing your true feelings new orleans love's you. your parents must have been wonderful people to have raised such a  great son. GOOD LUCK with every race you race in.

11 May 2009 9:00 PM
Buffyg

My wife and I bought into our first horse in 2007. We meet you after the Foster(2007)you were going to a SS party. I introduced you to my wife and we congratulated on your first derby win. All you said was " What A HORSE"   CLASS!!! CLASS!!! CLASS!!! ( you rode our baby, Macho Again,at Keeneland) Good Luck Calvin! You,ve earned the best!!

11 May 2009 9:23 PM
fletch321

if you dont get teared up listening and watching calvin borel there is something wrong!

classs act!

respects his parents and family

and busted his tail to get where he is!

not a damn thing handed to him! thats why he is a living legend!as athlete and more as a person!

i get chills writing this!

stay healthy and i gaurentee you will win another derby!

thanks for being a such a positive in the game i LOVE more than anything in this world!

12 May 2009 6:54 PM
cdw

Great interview; Calvin is such a class act.

FYI: in the transcript portion for the cajun food question, the word listed as inaudible is really "boudin"- a cajun sausage.

12 May 2009 7:05 PM
Blood-Horse Staff

Thanks cdw, it has been corrected in the transcript.

12 May 2009 7:36 PM
Nance Tapley-Peck

Calvin, you're what the backside is all about. You and the horses. That's what makes all of us come back year after year and work so hard--because of people like you and the Thoroughbreds--you're all heart! Been in the biz 50 years and wouldn't change a thing.

13 May 2009 7:39 PM
TEgypt

My dad used to break horses but I never had any interest in horse racing til' I saw you on May 2nd and on Leno.  Your life story is amazing and you have to tell your story... a book, a movie... I am a writer/ HS teacher and I work in the inner-city and would read it, or show it to every class.

14 May 2009 10:32 AM
Kathy

Bravo Bloodhorse for the great Calvin interview! Thank you!

14 May 2009 6:53 PM
Madeleine

THANK YOU for your grace and speed

16 May 2009 7:03 PM
Billy Carlisle

Calvin you are the greatest little jockey,and a real person, I love the way you always thank your parents after each race, they are smiling down on you calvin,you are the greatest

16 May 2009 8:36 PM
Mike H

Calvin, you are like sunshine. Good luck and God keep you.

17 May 2009 6:55 AM
Maureen Potvin

Just a comment: Thanks to Calvin and Mine That Bird, I am now an enthusiastic Horse Race follower...Thank You SO VERY much for the truly awe-inspiring slice of life you brought to me...and to everyone who experienced the Kentucky Derby this year!  I wish you and MTB THE Very Best that Life has to offer!  Maureen.

20 May 2009 4:33 PM
Martha Kinkead

I don't have a question. I just want to tell you how much I enjoy watching you ride and win a race. I am not a regular racing fan.  But, I remember you when you won on Street Sense.  You won my heart!  Then, I watched you on Rachel Alexandra in the Oaks. WOW!

AMAZING!!! Then you came out of nowhere with Mine That Bird in the Derby.  I love your joy when you win.  Never lose that enthusiasm.  I love it!!!!

23 May 2009 11:09 AM
harley

calvin,will  you win the triple crown.i hope u do. i would like to meet you on day i am from louisiana too

25 May 2009 10:34 AM
Gary Galdieri

Thanks Blood Horse, and Podcasts!

These Interviews  are great for the Fans, and Racing ! Calvin, is a genuine class act, he is a Cinderella Story, and he deserves his day in the Sun, Go Get the Belmont! Good Luck, your # 1

27 May 2009 12:16 PM
Mark

To Barbara Mc: Casey's Shadow was about retired jockey Randy Romero. Great story, great movie. Walter Matthau plays Randy's father, a broken down horse trainer who wins the All-American quarter horse Futurity.

28 May 2009 10:02 AM
Barbara Mc

To Gary Galdieri.  Thanks so much for telling me about the jockey in Casey's Shadow.  Hasn't Randy Romero been nominated for Hall of Fame?

Sorry, Calvin, this is supposed to be about you, I wish you and Mind that Bird all the best in the Belmont.  I will be cheering at the top of my lungs for you!

01 Jun 2009 12:19 AM
Gary Galdieri

this is for Barbara MC- Mark, was the one who gave you info on Casey's Shadow, his name was below mine, P.S. I, saw the Movie, it was Truly Fantastic, for Fans to see.

15 Jun 2009 11:24 AM
Ed Carpenter

Just wanted to thank Calvin for being a wonderful representative of a sport I love. The emotion of the after Derby interview was what the sport is all about!

22 Aug 2009 8:47 PM
Brenda Bolgar

I saw you win the Derby today.I look forward to the Derby the way a lot of people look forward to the Super Bowl.You're a dedicated professional and you deserve to win.Good luck with the Triple Crown,I'm betting on you.You can do it.So can Super Saver.You're both thoroughbreds,and champions.

01 May 2010 9:39 PM
Danny Mouser

Calvin,

I Watched you Win, on The Horse "Super Saver Yesterday to Win Your Third Kentucky Derby. I Was Impressed. I Just Completed Reading Your Interview Above. Again you are Not Only One of the Greatest Jockeys in America, You are Also a Fine Person. Your Mom, Dad and Brother, Done an Excellent Job on Helping You in Achievement of Your Goal. Always, Keep up Your Great Standard of Yes Sir and Yes Mam. Best of Luck to You In Your Future Achievements.

Your Fan Always,

Danny Mouser

Gretna, Louisiana.

02 May 2010 12:32 PM
sherry2862

Calvin:  Do you ever feel badly about the end of Rachel's career and the choices that were made for her?  What would you change if you could?

21 Feb 2011 8:40 PM

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