Calvin Borel fight buzz has come at the best and worst time. Yesterday’s Calvin Borel fight would normally be the biggest story of the Breeders Cup. However, he and Javier Castellano fought the day before horse racing history could be made – and would knock their brawl from the headlines. The two can thank Zenyatta for taking the heat off of them, especially if she wins her 20’th straight race. However, the Calvin Borel fight has still made headlines, just by knocking Zenyatta off the front pages for a day.
Although the Breeders Cup buzz has been controlled by Zenyatta and the Classic Race, there are still a lot of races to run first. Some of them took place yesterday, and one triggered an all out brawl between two jockeys.
The Calvin Borel fight took place over the Breeders Cup Marathon, as Borel’s horse was knocked off course from a foul. Javier Castellano’s horse, Prince Will.I.Am, cut off a horse named Romp while rounding the far turn. Because Romp stumbled and almost fell, Borel’s ride, A.U. Miner, nearly fell as well.
This prevented A.U. Miner from making a move, while Prince Will.I.Am finished second. However, Breeders Cup officials disqualified the horse for his foul, but in the meantime, Castellano was already being taken to task by Borel – in front of ESPN’s cameras.
Viewers saw the Calvin Borel fight live, as he screamed that he would kill Castellano if security officials would let him go. Even after the two were taken away from the cameras, they continued to argue. Yet the public damage had been done already.
The Breeders Cup buildup had been all about Zenyatta’s quest for perfection, but now she no longer has the spotlight to herself. Of course, a win today will erase most memories of yesterday’s brawl, or at least reduce it to a subplot. Horse racing already needs a Zenyatta win to increase their standing, and now the sport has another reason to root for her.
The buzz over the Calvin Borel fight is even more noticeable, considering who’s involved. Even casual fans have heard of Borel, after his victories in three of the last four Kentucky Derby races. He became famous for riding the rail to victory, and now he has infamy to go with it.
An inquiry is set for today, with both jockeys subject to a warning or suspension if they are found at fault. They still have work to do at the Breeders Cup, as Borel has two horses riding today, and Castellano has six.
Fans are still sure to watch fight replays of Calvin Borel and Javier Castellano during the day, at least until Zenyatta goes out to ride tonight.
YouTube- “Borel, Castellano Brawl”
Canadian Press- “Jockeys Borel, Castellano fight in winner’s circle at Breeders Cup”