BILL DWYRE Borel’s ride on Street Sense in the Ken­tucky Derby was the per­fect com­bi­na­tion of tim­ing, luck and skill

Los Angeles Times - - Sports -

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


Ti­mothy D. Easley As­so­ci­ated Press

‘AWE­SOME’: “Some­times, things just open up per­fectly in front of you,” Calvin Borel said af­ter Street Sense’s vic­tory.

Ed Reinke As­so­ci­ated Press

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.

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