Super Saver upset the favorites in the Kentucky Derby on the weekend and he’ll try to add the second jewel of the Triple Crown in two weeks in the Preakness Stakes.
Rain turned the track at Churchill Downs into a muddy mess on Saturday. That was just fine for Super Saver, who has a history of running fast in the muck and tore through the mud at a blistering pace.
When the 20 horses in the field was initially set Super Saver was a 10/1 underdog, but his odds dropped to 14/1 after the post positions were drawn. The odds kept changing leading up to the race, and when the horses sprung from the starting gate Super Saver was a 12/1 underdog.
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With two-time Derby winner Calvin Borel on his back Super Saver maneuvered through the crowd and after taking the lead held off any challengers to win by 2 ½ lengths.
After racing Super Saver to victory Borel has won three of the last four Derbies, including Mine That Bird last year and Street Sense in 2007. The win also snapped a lengthy losing streak at the Derby for trainer Todd Pletcher. Before Super Saver’s win Pletcher had raced 24 horses in the Derby without a win.
The favorite at post time at the Derby was Lookin At Lucky, but his luck ran out early as he never ran with the leaders and ended up finishing sixth. One of the other favorites, Sidney’s Candy, also had a disappointing showing, finishing well back in 17th place.
With the favorites failing to challenge Super Saver second place went to Ice Box, while Paddy O’Prado was third, and Make Music For Me was a surprising fourth.
The next stop for Super Saver in the race for the Triple Crown is the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 15. Borel rode Rachel Alexandra to a Preakness victory just last year and at the Derby he boasted that he and Super Saver are “going to win the Triple Crown this year.”
Will Super Saver Win The 2010 Triple Crown?
It’s a lot easier said than done of course, which is why it hasn’t been done in 32 years. Affirmed was the last Triple Crown winner in 1978, and the oddsmakers at Sportsbook aren’t expecting that streak to end this year after listing Super Saver odds at +425 to win the Triple Crown and at -800 to not win it.