Racing News

Borel picks up mount on Revolutionary; Smith on Palace Malice

  • Revolutionary (right) aims to give Calvin Borel his fourth Derby win (Lynn Roberts/Hodges Photography)

Three-time Kentucky Derby winner Calvin Borel has picked up the mount on Louisiana Derby hero Revolutionary for the 139th Run for the Roses, it was announced Monday.

Revolutionary represents the same connections -- WinStar Farm and trainer Todd Pletcher -- as Borel's most recent Derby winner, Super Saver, in 2010. The veteran rider first guided Street Sense to Derby glory in 2007 before springing the 50-1 upset aboard Mine That Bird in 2009.

Borel takes over the mount from Javier Castellano, who opted to ride Normandy Invasion in the Kentucky Derby. Castellano had been two-for-two on Revolutionary, engineering his victories in both the February 2 Withers at Aqueduct and the March 30 Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds.

"Calvin's Kentucky Derby experience and affinity for Churchill Downs makes him a perfect fit for most Derby contenders, and we're thrilled to have him aboard Revolutionary to once again carry the WinStar colors in horse racing's biggest race," WinStar President and CEO Elliott Walden said.

"Obviously, Calvin did a masterful job guiding Super Saver to WinStar's first ever Kentucky Derby victory a few years ago, which is something we'll be forever thankful for. So we've had good fortune together, and hopefully, history can repeat itself on May 4th."

Once the mount became available, WinStar had invited fans to vote for their Derby jockey of choice for Revolutionary. WinStar said in a statement that Borel and Rosie Napravnik dominated the balloting, and the fans' voice "helped to affirm the decision" to name Borel.

"We're thrilled with the response from the fans that took the interest and got involved in voting on who should ride Revolutionary in the Derby through our WinStar Stablemates website," Walden said. "We took every choice under serious consideration, and ultimately Todd (Pletcher) and I chose Calvin. We're pleased that many of the fans thought the same."

In other Derby news from the Pletcher barn Monday, Hall of Famer Mike Smith has been booked to ride Palace Malice.

The Dogwood Stable colt was narrowly beaten when third in the February 23 Risen Star at Fair Grounds and runner-up in last Saturday's Blue Grass at Keeneland. Palace Malice has already had four jockeys in his six-race career, and Smith will be his fifth.

Smith, whose only Derby win came courtesy of 50-1 Giacomo in 2005, was second aboard Bodemeister last year.

Pletcher has four horses confirmed for the May 4 Kentucky Derby, including presumptive favorite Verrazano, the Wood Memorial and Tampa Bay Derby hero, and Arkansas Derby winner Overanalyze.

Pletcher could have as many as five starters. His Blue Grass third Charming Kitten is 20th on the points list as of Monday, pending developments in the two "wildcard" races -- Saturday's Lexington Stakes at Keeneland and the April 27 Derby Trial at Churchill Downs.

Los Alamitos Futurity Added to 2014-15 'Road to the Kentucky Derby' Series

The $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity (Grade I) has been added to the list of races that comprise the 2014-15 “Road to the Kentucky Derby.” The series of 35 select races – 19 “Prep Season” races and 16 “Championship Series” races – will determine which horses qualify to the 141st running of the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby.

Global View Nips Storming Inti at Wire to Win 23rd Running of Grade II American Turf

Glen Hill Farm's Global View caught Storming Inti in the closing strides

Midnight Lucky Romps in 28th Running of Grade I Humana Distaff

Midnight Lucky, making her first start in more than 11 months, took the lead out of the gate

Coffee Clique Catches Dame Marie Late to Win 29th Running of Grade II Churchill Distaff Turf Mile

Coffee Clique squeezed through an opening along the hedge

California Chrome Wins America’s Greatest Race

164,906 fans pack historic Churchill Downs

Updates Powered by

Visit for expert handicapping, picks and analysis Derby Week and all year long

Derby Stories

Lindsay & Els Chicago, IL

First time at the Oaks so that's why we have these crazy hats on, shaped like cheese hats and painted pink in honor of Bright Pink, which is a great charity.
Paula's picking California Chrome

Kentucky Derby 140 presented by Yum! - The Race

Kentucky Derby 140 - Road to the Derby

Kentucky Derby 140 Intro

Around the Downs - The Stables

The Race

54 Photos


California Chrome is attempting to become only the fourth California-bred, Kentucky Derby winner in history and the first since Decidedly in 1962.