(WHAS11/AP) - Spectators stood in shock as a fight erupted between jockeys in the Winners Circle at Churchill Downs during the first day of the Breeders' Cup.
Three-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel and Javier Castellano traded punches in the winner's circle of the Breeders' Cup after Castellano made an abrupt move on the racetrack. After Race #5, the two men were both in the Winners Circle when punches were thrown. It took several men to restrain Borel, who was visibly angry and shouting.
During Race #5, Castellano's horse Prince Will I Am ran into the path of Romp and Martin Garcia. Garcia was able to stay on top of his horse but also impeded Borel and A.U. Miner.
Borel pointed his finger at Castellano, and the two went at each other, scuffling as others tried to separate them. An enraged Borel refused to relent, pushing to get back at Castellano as other tried to pull him away.An enraged Borel had to be restrained by security personnel and his older brother Cecil.
Eventually, Borel's wife and brother each grabbed an arm and walked him back to the jockeys' room, where he flung off his silks.
The fight overshadowed the victory by Eldaafer and jockey John Velazquez, who handed trainer Diane Alvarado her first Breeders' Cup victory.
ESPN reported that all media was then removed from the locker room and both men were seperated and taken to a back room to calm down.