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Submitted by John Conte on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 12:00 AM

Keeneland: Borel breaks leg in spill that causes no contest

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Wednesday’s sixth race at Keeneland, a two-turn, 1 1/16-mile turf maiden race, was declared a no contest by track stewards after Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel was unseated as the field passed by the stands the first time.

Borel broke a leg in the fall, his fibula, according to tweets and Facebook messages posted later in the day by his wife, Lisa. She did not specify which leg, but messaged that doctors at University of Kentucky Medical Center, where he was treated hours after the fall, did not diagnose a concussion or any soft-tissue injuries.

The determination to declare the race a no contest was made for the safety of the fallen Borel, who was initially motionless and being treated by medical personnel as the race continued. Although Borel was somewhat past the finish line, he was still in jeopardy, in a position so close to the end of the race.

During the running, track outriders rode toward the field and met them at the head of the stretch, where they waved and instructed jockeys to pull up their mounts and guide them away from the fallen jockey.

Borel was aboard the Larry Lay-trained Sonic Dancer, one of the early leaders in the race, and he fell to the turf after his mount broke down. With the field still tightly packed early in the race, a trailing horse, Peace Talk, under Jon Court, was unable to avoid him, and that horse’s legs appeared to strike Borel.

Borel lay prone for approximately 15 seconds before beginning to move one of his legs. Once being reached by the medical staff, he began to move his arms and was placed on a stretcher with his head braced. He was conscious when loaded into an ambulance.

Sonic Dancer was euthanized due to his fractured right leg, stewards said. No other horses or riders appeared to have experienced significant injuries.

The no contest resulted in refunds for wagers that began in race 6 and resulted in an “all” in the sixth race in multi-race bets that began before it.


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