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How a common man rode to greatness

Updated: May 6, 2007, 4:55 PM ET
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Calvin Borel is famous for hugging the rail, getting the race horses he rides all the way to the inside and almost skimming the paint as he goes.

"It's the shortest way around the racetrack," said the simple man from southern Louisiana.

But Borel's journey from the bush tracks of his Cajun childhood to the winner's circle at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May was no rail trip. It was filled with bumps and detours and a lifetime of hard work. It was one ...

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