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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Jockey fights in horse racing are as much a part of the sport as whips, saddles and the $2 bet.
Most times, the dustups take place behind closed doors, not in the winner's circle.
And certainly not on national television following a Breeders' Cup race.
Yet Calvin Borel was angry following a bumpy ride in the $500,000 Breeders' Cup Marathon on Friday at Churchill Downs. When he approached rival Javier Castellano to sort things out, it was obvious Borel — who has endeared himself to fans because of the way he wears his heart on his silks — was upset.
Moments later, the winner's circle at Churchill Downs erupted into chaos, with one of the sport's most colorful characters red with rage.
Borel and Castellano's very public tussle got racing's two-day Super Bowl off to an ugly start that left Castellano shaken and Borel pleading with security officials to let him go so he could "kill" his rival.
Two riders who usually save their jostling for the racetrack turned that ground — a place typically reserved for big smiles and even bigger winner's checks — into a fight club on Friday after the opening race of the Breeders' Cup.