Ferocious Breeders' Cup brawl that shamed a sport saw tiny jockeys brawl in winners' enclosure on live TV

THIS is the shocking moment one tiny jockey threatened to 'kill' another during a jaw-dropping bust-up at the Breeders' Cup.

The star-studded American meeting is one of the biggest in the world and this year £22.8million is up for grabs over the two days.


The likes of Frankie Dettori – who is surviving on just three hours sleep due to jet lag – plus champion jockey Oisin Murphy and rival William Buick will be over in California giving it their all.

But an unprecedented fight between two jockeys there 11 years ago continues to cast a shadow over the event.

Three-time Kentucky Derby winner Calvin Borel and Javier Castellano had to be pulled apart after tempers flared at the end of the £380,000 Breeders' Cup Marathon at Churchill Downs – usually one of the smaller races on the card.

American Borel, now 54, was so incensed that he pleaded with security to release him so he could 'kill' his rival.

The bust-up started when Borel – regarded as calm and mild-mannered by weighing room colleagues – waited sinisterly for Castellano after the race.

He was furious over a mid-race move in which Castellano and his horse Prince Will I Am cut up horses ridden by Borel and Martin Garcia.


Garcia was almost sent crashing off his horse and Borel lost all his speed – and chance of victory – on A U Miner.

With a stewards' enquiry ordered, Borel thought better of waiting and stormed over to Castellano in the winners' enclosure.

There, with blood boiling and his rage out of control, he struck his rival in the face.

Venezuelan Castellano, who stands just 5ft 1in, then took a swing back at 5ft 5ins Borel.

TV cameras were on hand to capture the chaos, with Borel's eye bursting out of his head in rage.

He continued to try to hammer down blows on Castellano, now 44, before wife Lisa restrained him.

Helped by brother Cecil, they each grabbed an arm and took him back to the jockeys' room.

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But it did not stop there, with both trading insults there before Borel, who ripped off his silks, apologised for his outburst.

The jockey said: "It's over. It's all good. We talked."

And in a statement issued through his wife, he added: "I realise many people hold me in high esteem, and I apologise for publicly losing my cool.

"It's unfortunate that it happened on national TV and at such a prestigious event as the Breeders' Cup."

This fight is far from unique in the sport of kings, though.

In October 2018 two jockeys had to be separated by police as they kicked and punched each other.

In June of the same year Raul da Silva was slapped with a 21-day suspension for punching renowned trainer Jim Crowley in the face at Goodwood.

And earlier this year, famed US rider Irad Ortiz was fined just £700 for clocking fellow jockey Paco Lopez with three right-handers.

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