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Blight on Racing’s Biggest Event

Posted by on November 8, 2010

The joke used to be said I went to a boxing match and a hockey game broke out. Friday, horse racing became the punchline to this bad joke when jockey Calvin Borel attacked  jockey Javier Castellano after the running of the Breeder’s Cup Marathon.  While I was not there I did see the video, and so will you.

Javier Castellano was riding Prince Will I Am in the Breeder’s Cup Marathon where he impeded the ability for two horses, including the one Borel was riding. When Borel got back to the winner’s circle, dismounted and weighed in, he attacked Castellano.  The two jockeys came to blows and had to be separated by security personnel.

The result of this event was that Castellano was suspended seven days and fined $2,500 for his reckless riding. Borel was not given any days however he was fined $5,000 for the fight.

To be honest, this is not the first time jockeys have ever fought, however it is usually reserved for the privacy of the jockey’s room. Fighting at this level should not be tolerated in this sport. It is good that the Kentucky stewards took such decisive action here.

Unfortunately Borel looked like a fool and made the sport look barbaric. Fortunately the races on Saturday overshadowed this blight.

Todd Engel

Calvin Borel and Javier Castellano fight

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