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Calvin Borel, a three-time Kentucky Derby winner, and five racehorses have been elected to the Racing Hall of Fame.

Borel won the Kentucky Derby with Street Sense in 2007 and then added victories in the 2009 edition with Mine That Bird and 2010 Kentucky Derby aboard Super Saver.

Housebuster, Invasor, Lure, McDynamo, and Tuscalee also will be honored in the 2013 Racing Hall of Fame class. The electees will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Friday, Aug. 9 at 10:30 a.m. at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion.

Borel, Housebuster, Invasor, and Lure were selected in the contemporary category. McDynamo and Tuscalee were chosen by the Museum’s Steeplechase Review Committee.

Borel, 46, has won 5,012 races through April 25 and his mounts have amassed purse earnings of $120,859,986 in a career that began in 1983. He is the only jockey to win the Kentucky Derby three times in a four-year span. His three victories in the “Run for the Roses” are surpassed only by Hall of Famers Eddie Arcaro and Bill Hartack with five each, and Hall of Famer Bill Shoemaker with four.

One of only two riders with more than 1,000 wins at Churchill Downs (Hall of Famer Pat Day is the other), Borel won the Preakness, Woodward, Haskell, Mother Goose, and Kentucky Oaks with 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra.


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Borel also won the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 2010. He has won riding titles at Churchill Downs, Oaklawn Park, Ellis Park, Kentucky Downs, and Delta Downs, among others.

Housebuster won 15 times in 22 career starts and earned $1,229,696. He won the Eclipse Award as outstanding sprinter in 1990 and 1991. Bred in Kentucky by Blanche P. Levy and owned by her son, Robert P. Levy, Housebuster won the Jerome Handicap, King’s Bishop, Spectacular Bid, Swale, Hutcheson, Withers, Lafayette, and Derby Trial in 1990 at age three en route to an 8-for-10 campaign. A winner of eight consecutive races at one point in his career, Housebuster won the Carter Handicap, Forego Handicap, and Vosburgh Stakes at age four in 1991. He was trained by Hall of Famer Warren A. Croll, Jr.

Invasor was bred in Argentina and won 11 of 12 career starts with earnings of $7,804,070. He was named Horse of the Year and champion older male in 2006 when he won the Pimlico Special, Suburban Handicap, Whitney Handicap, and Breeders’ Cup Classic. At age 5 in 2007, Invasor won the Donn Handicap and Dubai World Cup. Invasor won the Uruguayan Triple Crown in 2005 and subsequently was purchased by Sheik Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum to run for Shadwell Stable.


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Lure won 14 of 25 career starts with earnings of $2,515,289. Bred and owned by Claiborne Farm, Lure won the Breeders’ Cup Mile in 1992 and 1993. He won nine graded stakes, including three Grade 1 events. Trained by Hall of Famer Claude R. “Shug” McGaughey III, Lure set track records at five furlongs and one mile.

McDynamo won 17 of 34 career starts and retired as the all-time leading earner among steeplechase horses with $1,310,104. He won the Eclipse Award as outstanding steeplechase horse in 2003, 2005, and 2006.

Tuscalee won 39 of 89 career starts with career earnings of $130,917 while racing from 1963 through 1972. He remains the all-time leader in steeplechase victories with 37. Tuscalee also set the single-year record for steeplechase wins with 10 in 1966.

The Hall of Fame will announce as many as two inductees as inaugural selections to the Pillars of the Turf category for the Hall of Fame in May. Pillars of the Turf is a new Hall of Fame designation to honor esteemed individuals who have made valuable contributions to the sport of Thoroughbred racing.

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