Super Saver winning the 136th running of The Kentucky Derby.
SUPER SAVER WINS
136TH KENTUCKY DERBY
DERBY OFFICIAL RESULTS
MAY 1, 2010
DOWNS; LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY
THREE YEAR OLDS
AND ONE QUARTER MILES
TRACK: SLOPPY (SEALED)
|$2 Exacta: 4-2 $152.40
|$2 Trifecta: 4-2-10 $2,337.40
Calvin H. Borel
Todd A. Pletcher
WinStar Farm LLC
by A.P. Indy
OFFICIAL ORDER OF FINISH
||Make Music For
||Lookin At Lucky
||Devil May Care
||Line Of David
1:10.58, 1:37.65, 2:04.45
SUPER SAVER AND CALVIN BOREL VICTORIOUS AT CHURCHILL IN RUN FOR
Super Saver, with
Calvin Borel aboard, was the victor in the 136th Running of The
Kentucky Derby at a soggy Churchill Downs. After rain had put a
damper on most of the day the sun came out just in time to crown
another Derby champion. Most of the card saw speed back up as
winners were making one run from the 3, 4 and 5 paths to win the
earlier races. But after the rains let up the rail became a much
better place to be running than earlier in the card. With that in
mind Calvin Borel was able to secure early running on the rail from
the break and was able to save ground throughout the race before
splitting horses (Conveyance and Noble's Promise) at the top of the
stretch going on to win the run for the roses by two and one-half
lengths over a fast closing Ice Box from the Nick Zito Barn. He
completed the mile and one-quarter in a final time of 2:04.45 on a
track labeled as sloppy.
After the late
defection of probable post-time favorite Eskendereya things looked
bleak for Todd Pletcher going into Derby day for the most successful
trainer to ever be 0 for 24 with starters in the three-year-old
classic. After the favorite scratched anything was possible and
Pletcher was able to earn his first victory in The Derby at the same
time Calvin Borel was winning his third Derby in the last four
"It feels awfully
good," said Pletcher, "Everyone kept saying there was one out there
with our name on it, but we didn't take anything for granted." And
then Pletcher would go on to boast of Borel, he is "a great rider
everywhere, but he's five lengths better at Churchill Downs."
"It feels terrific,"
Pletcher said. "The one thing that was important to me was that I
wanted to do it while my parents were still here to see it. It'll
soak in in a day or two. I've dreamed of winning the Kentucky Derby
my whole life. Now that it has happened I don't know what to feel or
say. I wish I could wax poetic. It's all still soaking in."
As for the actual
post-time favorite, Lookin At Lucky, he would not fare as well.
After breaking from the one hole he was shortly pinched back after
the start and then had to take up while traveling under the wire for
the first time. He didn't get any clear running until they were
over half way down the backstretch and while he rallied in the far
turn he could not regain on the leaders and finished a distant
sixth. All things considered not a bad finish considering his race
was all but over in the first turn.
Super Saver's win
was his third in seven lifetime starts. He is a three-year-old
Maria's Mon colt out of an A.P. Indy dam, Supercharger. This year
he was third in the Tampa Bay Derby and the ran second in the
Arkansas Derby in April.
Churchill Downs put
on a great card, despite the bad weather, as 155,804 patrons filled
the Kentucky track to see a great card and cap a great weekend which
saw The Kentucky Oaks run on Friday with an undercard which had the
entry of Rachel Alexandra running for the second time this year.
All in all the television coverage is getting predictable. ESPN
continues to trot out the same old boiler plate program with Randy Moss
and Jerry Bailey trying to carry the entire cast as NBC did the
regular competent job showing a great American classic race. See
you at Pimlico.
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