Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel is retiring from horse racing, his agent announced yesterday.

Borel, 49. leaves behind an incredible legacy on the sport.

A native of St. Martin Parish, the jockey with a thick cajun accent and larger than life personality became a national star over the last decade after winning the Kentucky Derby in 2007, 2009 and 2010.

According to Equibase, Borel has 5,146 wins all-time.

He began his illustrious professional career at Delta Downs in Vinton over 25 years ago.

Sporting the nickname Calvin "Bo-Rail" due to his affinity for riding close to the rail in order to save ground, Borel is revered by fans of horse racing, as well as jockeys around the world.

In 2010, he won the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, given annually to a jockey who exhibits high moral conduct, both professionally and personally, on and off the track.

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