Monday, April 15, 2013
WinStar Farm has once again partnered with jockey Calvin Borel in the Kentucky Derby. On Monday, Borel committed to ride Louisiana Derby winner Revolutionary in this year’s Run for the Roses on May 4th. Borel has won the Kentucky Derby three times in the last six runnings of the storied race, including aboard WinStar’s Super Saver 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,” said Elliott Walden, President & CEO of WinStar. “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.”