To most people, the running of the 136th Kentucky Derby looked like utter chaos. Horses were struggling to cope with the sloppy track. Horses were getting bumped and jostled and blocked at every stage of the race. After a fast early pace, the leaders were slowing so abruptly that they presented obstacles to all the runners behind them.
But Calvin Borel was unfazed by the tumult, because he approached this Derby, like most races, with a clarity of purpose that has helped make him the country's most recognized jockey. His plan was simply to get his mount Super Saver to the rail and stay there as long as he could.