Legendary American jockey Calvin Borel faces up to a year in jail for second drink-drive arrest in two years

LEGENDARY American jockey Calvin Borel faces up to a year in jail after a second drink-drive arrest in as many years.

Borel, 54, a three-time Kentucky Derby winner, was charged by cops in the US on Wednesday night.

The jockey, who has more than 5,000 career winners, was released after posting a £700 bond, Arkansas police records show.


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Daily Racing Form report that Borel was in the state visiting horses he owns with wife Lisa.

Borel was previously charged with driving under the influence when in Indiana in 2019.

In Arkansas, a second drink-drive offence within five years of the first can result in a year in jail.

The minimum period behind bars is seven days, although a judge can waive this for 'good cause' and order community service instead, say the DRF.

Borel last rode at Churchill Downs on May 21 and picked up a win and second place on his two rides.

He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013 before announcing his retirement three years later.

However he returned to race-riding just six months after that, and has four wins from 31 rides this year.

As well as being one of the best jockeys in the business, Borel is famed for his unforgettable Breeders' Cup bust-up.

He and rival Javier Castellano had to be pulled apart as tempers flared at the end of the £380,000 Breeders' Cup Marathon at Churchill Downs in 2010.

Borel was so incensed that he pleaded with security to release him so he could 'kill' Castellano.

Incredibly, the whole thing – including Borel's eye-bulging anger – was caught on TV cameras at the time.

Both riders traded insults as they went back to the weighing room, before Borel eventually apologised.


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