BILL DWYRE Borel’s ride on Street Sense in the Kentucky Derby was the perfect combination of timing, luck and skill
BALTIMORE — In sports, we like to label our great moments, give them banner headline stature. Fans of the 49ers have Dwight Clark and “the Catch.” Steelers fans have “the Immaculate Reception.” UCLA basketball lore went “Coast to Coast” with Tyus Edney and John Elway had “the Drive.”
In the 133rd running of the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago, Calvin Borel gave horse racing fans “the Ride.”
Borel was aboard Street Sense, the betting favorite. At the start, the first anybody heard of him, after the usual cavalry charge out of the gate and past the grandstand, was that he was holding steady in 19th place.
There is a photo breakdown in this week’s issue of The Blood-Horse magazine that shows an aerial view of the field at the first turn. Street Sense and Borel were so far back, they didn’t even make the picture.
On the backstretch, there were still 15 horses in front of them, and leader Hard Spun was eight lengths away, with a traffic pattern of horses between
‘AWESOME’: “Sometimes, things just open up perfectly in front of you,” Calvin Borel said after Street Sense’s victory.
HERE’S MUD IN YOUR EYE: Calvin Borel celebrates after coming from 19th place on Street Sense to win the Kentucky Derby. Street Sense is the 7-5 favorite in the Preakness today.