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Jockey Calvin Borel retires

Hall of Fame rider Calvin Borel has informed his agent, Larry Melancon, that he has retired, Melancon said Wednesday. Borel is currently based at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Daily Racing Form has put in a request for comment from Borel through Melancon.

Borel, 49, did not work at least one of his top local mounts Wednesday, the 3-year-old stakes-winning filly Cosmic Evolution. Borel has regularly worked Cosmic Evolution, who breezed five furlongs Wednesday in preparation for the Grade 3, $400,000 Fantasy on April 9 at Oaklawn.

Lon Wiggins, who trains Cosmic Evolution, said Borel had been scheduled to work the filly, but the rider's close friend, Joe Johnson, stepped in for the breeze. Wiggins said he was not informed of the reason Borel was unable to make the work.

"I think Calvin's probably one of the best that the game's had around," said Wiggins, whose father, trainer Hal Wiggins, used Borel aboard his Kentucky Oaks winner, Rachel Alexandra. "He's a hard worker, a great guy, and a team player. The game won't be as good without him here."

Borel won the Kentucky Derby three times, aboard Street Sense (2007), Mine That Bird (2009) and Super Saver (2010). He was the regular rider aboard 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra and starred in "50 to 1," a movie about Mine That Bird.

Borel won the first race of his career at Delta Downs in Vinton, Louisiana, on Jan. 14, 1983. Overall, he has won 5,146 races from 34,918 mounts, according to DRF records. Borel's mounts have earned $127 million.