Update: Calvin Borel’s quest for his 5,000th win has been delayed by a fracture to his wrist today. He is expected to be out of racing for the next 18 days.
Legendary jockey Calvin Borel attended a card printing yesterday in Little Rock. The trading cards are being made to mark Borel’s 5,000th career win, which is set to come early in Oaklawn Park’s 2013 live race meet, which starts this Friday, January 11 in Hot Springs. The trading cards were printed yesterday at Arkansas Graphics and Borel was on hand to give his approval. The career win happening in Arkansas is neat as Borel attained his 3,000, 4,000, and is now approaching his 5,000 victory—all at Oaklawn.
According to a news release sent by Visit Hot Springs, it can’t be known for certain which day that victory will come on, but the folks in charge will be prepared to hand out these free trading cards at the track that day to mark the occasion. The only way to get one will be to be present at Oaklawn the day Borel wins No. 5,000. They will not be issuing the cards anywhere else, and will not accept mailed-in requests for them. They will have special areas set up at Oaklawn where fans can receive their cards. The cards will have a color photo on the front and text information on the back along with information about visiting Hot Springs.
In recent years, Borel, a two-time-riding champ at Oaklawn, has become synonymous with Kentucky Derby success, winning the Run for the Roses three times in four years between 2007 and 2010 including with 2010 Arkansas Derby runner-up Super Saver. The Kentucky Derby streak is matched only by riding great Eddie Arcaro. He became a household name by riding Mine That Bird to victory in the 2009 Derby, but then sticking with eventual Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra in the Preakness two weeks later.