Jockey Calvin Borel, who won a record three Kentucky Derby races in four years, will be inducted today into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame.
Borel, 46, has won more than 5,000 races with purse earnings in excess of $122 million in a career that began in 1983. He won the Derby aboard Street Sense in 2007, 50-1 longshot Mine That Bird in 2009 and Super Saver in 2010.
He also rode 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra to victories in the Preakness, Woodward, Haskell, Mother Goose and Kentucky Oaks. Borel and Hall of Famer Pat Day are the only jockeys with more than 1,000 wins at Churchill Downs, the home of the Derby in Louisville, Kentucky.
August Belmont II and Paul Mellon also will be inducted posthumously along with thoroughbreds Housebuster, Invasor, Lure, McDynamo and Tuscalee at today’s ceremony in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Belmont, a New York banker who bred more than 100 stakes winners, opened Belmont Park in 1905, the site of the third leg of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown. He sold his yearling crop in 1917 to serve in Spain during World War I at the age of 65.
Mellon, whose grandfather founded Mellon Bank, began racing under Rokeby Stables in 1948. His horses won more than 1,000 stakes races with total earnings in excess of $30 million.