The Amazing Calvin Borel

Nobody likes a Monday Morning Quarterback, but I can’t resist weighing in on the Kentucky Derby, which took place on Saturday, May 2.

I’m a huge Derby fan from way back, but I decided not to watch this year. I got seriously spooked when the filly Eight Belles, who placed second last year, was euthanized immediately after the race.

Readers of Astrology Mundo may recall that I picked jockey Calvin Borel, who won the Derby two years ago, as part of my trifecta for last year. Borel didn’t disappoint; he ended up placing third, riding Denis of Cork.

Imagine my surprise when I opened Sunday’s paper to discover the Louisiana native had won this year’s Run for the Roses, riding Mine That Bird, at 50-1 odds.

Borel’s a Scorpio, with the Sun conjunct Venus, and has a stellium in Virgo. He was born Nov. 7, 1966 in St. Martinsville, La. You can see his chart with transits of May 2 here, courtesy of Astrodienst.

The time of birth is unknown, but I’m wondering if his Midheaven or Ascendant isn’t picking up the transiting lineup of planets in late Aquarius — Jupiter, Neptune, and Chiron.

Also, the transiting North Node in Aquarius is opposing Borel’s Jupiter in Leo, a nice signature for winning (Jupiter) in front of a large group (North Node).

Bringing Back the Glory Days of the Indy 500?

The same day that Olympic champion skater and recent Dancing With the Stars winner Kristi Yamaguchi waves the green flag to start the Indianapolis 500 on May 25, the planetoid Chiron turns retrograde. Mercury and Neptune go retrograde the next day, when the victory celebration actually takes place.

Neptune, the North Node, and Chiron (the wounded healer) are traveling together in Aquarius these days, as they were during the Kentucky Derby, when tragedy struck and the filly Eight Belles had to be euthanized after placing second. With the help of Beth at www.astrologyexplored.com,  who commented on my post “Stars Rise Over Indiana,” I learned that the asteroid Indiana is conjunct the Aquarius stellium this weekend.

A conjunction of Neptune and the North Node can produce mass suffering or intoxication. I’ve never been to the Indy 500, so I’m hoping it’s the latter that’s going to take place at the 92nd running of the race this Memorial Day weekend.

With the Mercury “station,” a powerful time when a planet changes direction, there’s talk of the Indy 500 returning to its glory days. Some of this enthusiasm is due to the February merger between the IndyCar Series and Champ Car. From what I’ve read in the sports press, this gives racing fans more confidence that the best racers will be present in Indianapolis.

When Mercury is retrograde or about to go retro, there’s often a psychological return to the past or a physical trip to a place where you used to live. Anything that has the prefix “re” is favored. Here’s a link to a Fox News story about the pride being back at Indy: http://msn.foxsports.com/other/story/8165808/Starting-with-Indy-500,-the-pride-is-back-for-IndyCar?CMP=OTC-K9B140813162&ATT=166

Astrology and the Kentucky Derby

I picked Kansas as the winner of the NCAA Final Four using astrology. Can I do the same thing for the Kentucky Derby? I don’t know the birth dates of the horses, but using www.kentuckyderby.com, I’ve checked out many (but not all) of the birthdays of jockeys scheduled to ride the favorite horses.

Based on names alone and the transits in the sky, I like Cool Coal Man, because I think the name reflects the ongoing grand trine in earth signs involving Saturn in Virgo (a worker), Pluto in Capricorn (coal), and Venus in Taurus (cool, as in sexy or admirable, not cold). But as my husband will attest, I hardly ever win at the track when I make my choices based purely on names that appeal to me.

I like the fact that the Mars/Ascendant line of Frenchman Julien Laparoux, who’s slated to ride Cool Coal Man, runs not far from Louisville, Kentucky, where the Derby is being held. That means he’ll be put to the test and is capable of performing heroic deeds at Churchill Downs.

He’s a Cancer born July 15, 1983, and he’s getting a nice boost from the Mars/Jupiter opposition right now. Here’s his chart from Astrodienst with a noon birthtime: http://www.astro.com/cgi/chart.cgi?cid=41laaaa19347-s971800598&lang=e&gm=a1&nhor=222&nho2=12&btyp=24&mth=gw&sday=3&smon=5&syr=2008&hsy=-1&zod=&orbp=&rs=0&ast=

But it will be hard to beat Calvin Borel, who’s riding Denis of Cork. What sells me on Borel is that he’s got the North Node at 16 degrees of Taurus. The Sun will be close to Borel’s Node tomorrow and will be right on it on May 7. Transits to the North Node can bring strong connections with the public. If Borel wins, he’ll be basking in media glory for several days after the event and presumably enjoying speculation about his chances for a Triple Crown.

Borel won last year’s Kentucky Derby with Street Sense, but I don’t think his winning streak is over yet.

He’s a Scorpio with a big stellium in Virgo that’s getting beneficial aspects all around from the Jupiter/Mars opposition in Capricorn and Cancer. Here’s his chart from Astrodienst, set for a noon time of birth, with tomorrow’s transits around the outside: http://www.astro.com/cgi/chart.cgi?cid=41laaaa19347-s971800598&lang=e&gm=a1&nhor=223&nho2=12&btyp=24&mth=gw&sday=3&smon=5&syr=2008&hsy=-1&zod=&orbp=&rs=0&ast=

I think Borel’s got a good shot at bringing home the roses.

The third member of my box trifecta is Tale of Ekati, based on the horoscope of jockey Eibar Coa, who is supposed to ride him. The town in Venezuela where Coa was born isn’t in Astrodienst’s ephemeris so I ran the chart for Caracas. The astrologers out there know that the location isn’t very important if you don’t have the time of birth, which I don’t. Coa’s chart is set for noon.

Here it is: http://www.astro.com/cgi/chart.cgi?cid=41laaaa19347-s971800598&lang=e&gm=a1&nhor=224&nho2=12&btyp=24&mth=gw&sday=3&smon=5&syr=2008&hsy=-1&zod=&orbp=&rs=0&ast=

Now, Coa was born with the North Node conjunct his Aquarius Sun and is basically having the transiting North Node conjunct his Sun on May 3. I like that a lot, but transiting Neptune in Aquarius is in the picture, traveling with the North Node right now and sitting close to Coa’s Sun. If he were a musician or a minister, I’d be very optimistic about his chances on May 3. But such a prominent Neptune in the chart of a jockey could spell confusion, a downpour at the track, even allegations of illegal drug use by him or his horse. I hope I’m wrong.

I think the Neptune/Node aspect will play out with “close, but no cigar.” Coa’s name will be in the news, but there will be disappointment because he won’t come in first.

One astrologer is working the birthdates of the horses, not the jockeys. I will note that the Moon is in Aries on Derby Day, which might favor horses born under that sign. Check out the post on Aries horses here: http://www.kentuckyderby.com/2008/blogs/caroline/05/02/aries-contender-horoscope

As much as I love the ponies, I can’t imagine that with Jupiter conjunct the horse’s Uranus, you’re going to seem him celebrating his unexpected win! I know, he could kick up his heels. Animals are people too, especially under Saturn in Virgo, but there’s only so far you can go in anthropomorphizing (there’s a $5 word for you!) horses.

If you pressed me for a real trifecta, I’ll say Denis of Cork, Cool Coal Man, and Tale of Ekati. Keep in mind that my predictions for the horses don’t work unless they are ridden by the jockeys I’ve specified. Don’t bet the farm on this forecast and send me a mint julep if you win! If I hit pay dirt with my predictions, I’m going to get more systematic about this.