It’s plain and simple, Borel would not commit to riding Mine That Bird for the remainder of the 2009 campaign. Borel and his agent determined that he would ride Warrior’s Reward in the Jim Dandy in Saratoga rather than honor a commitment made to Chip Wooley the trainer of Mine That Bird to ride the Kentucky Derby winner throughout the 2009 campaign.
I support Mr. Wooley’s and the owners of Mine That Bird’s decision in removing Borel as the jockey. Borel and his agent made a commitment to the owners to ride the horse throughout 2009 save for races when Borel would ride Rachel Alexandra. I can appreciate that, because Borel made that commitment before taking the mount on Mine That Bird, so I would have expected him to honor that promise.
I was always taught the only thing you have to rely on is your word. What Borel did by not honoring his commitment to Chip Wooley is say “my word is no good.” That is not they way that one should conduct business.The character Mr. Borel portrayed was one of being the nice guy on the backstretch. The one who would work horses out and jump on his mounts in the afternoon. He was portrayed as one of those jockeys well liked by others. Unfortunately his actions have belied a much different person. A selfish person who has no regard for the word he gives.
I wish Mine That Bird great success this year. I hope that he wins the West Virginia Derby and that he shows up at the Travers Stakes on August 29th. I then hope Calvin Borel is given a mount on a Travers horse and Mine That Bird cleans his clock each and every time they race against each other.
Good luck Mine That Bird!