Ed Stanton of reveals how Calvin Borel became an aficionado of hugging the rail:

Calvin grew up as the youngest of five brothers. His brothers were teenagers and grown men when Calvin came along. He dropped out of school in the eighth grade, and at that time he’d already been burning up the bush tracks, riding up to 17 horses a day and bringing home as much as $150 in the process. He got seriously injured more than once.

Borel credits his brother Cecil, a trainer, for keeping him on the right track during his early years. “I see so many riders with no guidance,” said Borel. : “I wish every rider that came from back home had the guidance of my brother.”

Cecil taught Calvin a lesson about race tracks. Calvin had unsuccessfully tried to pass some opponents on the outside. Cecil told his brother to take a horse for a walk around the stables. On every revolution Calvin and the horse made, Cecil expanded the perimeter of the track, widening the orbit Calvin had to make each time he circled the barns. It forced Calvin to appreciate how much shorter the trip was on the inside of the circle — a lesson that he obviously learned.

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