Calvin Borel

will be back on Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird for the Belmont Stakes if Rachel Alexandra isn't entered.

Chip Woolley, who trains the Derby winner, made that clear yesterday. He said he'll wait until Rachel Alexandra's co-owner, Jess Jackson, decides whether to run his Preakness-winning filly in the Belmont.

That decision could come any time, but Jackson indicated earlier this week it would be after Rachel Alexandra works out Monday at Churchill Downs.

The Belmont draw for post positions is Wednesday and the 1 1/2-mile race is June 6.

Borel rode Rachel Alexandra to a record 20 1/4-length victory in the Kentucky Oaks on May 1, then won the Derby the next day aboard the 50-1 longshot Mine That Bird. He rode Rachel Alexandra to victory over Mine That Bird in the Preakness. Borel has said he would ride Rachel Alexandra if she runs in the Belmont.

"If we have to, we'll wait right up to or close to entry time," Woolley said during a conference call. "I'm going to give Calvin as much time as possible to ride 'Mine' and also to keep him from losing two mounts."

If Woolley picks another rider only to find out Rachel Alexandra wasn't running in the Belmont, Borel might not have a chance to become the first jockey to win a Triple Crown on different horses.


* ESPN has notified about 100 employees that they will be losing their jobs. The layoffs are part of a plan announced by ESPN chief executive George Bodenheimer in January, when he told employees the sports television giant would be reviewing its entire operation and also would cut about 200 jobs, leaving about 100 vacant positions unfilled. ESPN, a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Co., employs about 5,400 people worldwide, including about 3,400 at its Bristol, Conn., campus.

* ESPN college football analyst Lee Corso is recovering from a minor stroke but plans to be back for the start of the season this fall.


* The German equestrian federation disbanded its Olympic team and suspended four-time Olympic champion Ludger Beerbaum following a string of allegations involving doping and illegal medication. The move came a day after the nation's two major television channels broke off talks with the equestrian body on a new broadcast contract pending an investigation of the allegations.


* Thousands of fans packed the streets of Barcelona, Spain, to hail the return of the soccer team after its victory over Manchester United in the Champions League final. Police said 119 arrests were made in Barcelona for public disorder, vandalism and disobeying police orders, while 15 others were apprehended in the Catalan towns of Lleida, Tarragona, Girona, Granollers and Igualada.

* Landon Donovan and Mia Hamm joined the board of directors for the United States' bid committee trying to win rights to host the World Cup in 2018 or 2022.

Philly File

* The Betsy Ross House, at 239 Arch St., is hosting an exhibit on the history of baseball in Philadelphia - Phillies, A's, etc., from the present all the way back to the late 1800s. Among the items on display: historic jerseys, photographs, Connie Mack Stadium seats, items commemorating the 2008 World Series championship and much more. The exhibit will run through Oct. 25. For more info, visit

* Saint Joseph's Debbie Bateman was named to the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association All Mid-Atlantic Region first team. *