Posted at: 08/09/2013 5:19 PM
| Updated at: 08/09/2013 5:49 PM
By: Mark Mulholland
SARATOGA SPRINGS - Calvin Borel is the only jockey to win the Kentucky Derby three times in four years.
The 46-year-old has won more than five thousand races. And Friday, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame, recognizing him as one of the best to ever ride.
"I just wish that my mom and dad was here to see what I accomplished in my life," said Borel through tears during a brief induction speech.
Family has been the backbone of Calvin Borel's success. He grew up in a little town deep in the heart of Louisiana Cajun country.
"We didn't have a stop light forty years ago and we still ain't got a stop light," said Cecil Borel, Calvin's older brother and mentor.
Calvin says Cecil was like a father to him.
"We've been through so much together. Good or bad, we always together," said Calvin.
From the time he was just a toddler, the younger Borel wanted to be a jockey like his big brother.
"When he was 3-years old he used to ride them in the pasture. He had a diaper on and he used to ride them suckers," said Cecil, now a trainer.
During his speech, Borel thanked his parents for letting him drop out of school after 8th grade so he could chase his dream.
"My dream, sir, was to maybe, maybe ride the Kentucky Derby one time."
He did more than that. Winning the trio of derbies. Capturing the hearts of a nation aboard a filly named Rachel Alexandra.
And he's not finished just because he's now a hall of famer.
"I'm just so happy to be where I am right now. I love to win."