LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel, who announced his retirement suddenly at the end of March, will return to racing at Ellis Park on Henderson, Ky., on August 27, he confirmed today.

The three-time Kentucky Derby winner had been working horses for different trainers in New York and at Churchill Downs in recent weeks. After getting a good taste of retirement, Borel said he decided he wasn’t ready to hang it up.

As well, time away from competition may have allowed some various aches and pains to heal. 

“When you love something, it’s hard to break (away),” Borel said in a news release announcing his return. “This is all I know how to do, and I love it. And I’m healthy. If I wasn’t healthy, I could walk away. But I’m doing so good now. I’m not fighting my weight. I’m so happy.”

Borel will team up with veteran agent Frank Bernis, according to the Daily Racing Form, and hope to line up better mounts, upon his return.

The only jockey to win the Kentucky Derby three times in four years — Street Sense (2007), Mine That Bird (2009) and Super Saver (2010) — Borel also was the regular rider for 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra.

He retired with 5,146 wins. Now he’ll have a chance to add to that total.

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