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Breeders' Cup 2017

Super Saver Wins Derby for Borel, Pletcher

WinStar Farms Super Saver, under a perfect ground saving stalk and pounce ride by Calvin Borel, won the 136th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, giving Todd Pletcher his elusive first Derby trophy. 

Todd Pletcher had been winless through his first 24 Derby starters prior to his triumph with Super Saver in 2010. Calvin Borel was winning the Derby for the third time in the last four years, and the three-year-old son of Maria's Mon completed his ten furlong journey in 2:04-2/5 and paid $18.

Ice Box rallied for the place and Paddy O'Prado finished third in the 20-horse field. Make Music For Me edged Noble's Promise out of 4th, and Lookin At Lucky, the 6-1 favorite, experienced early trouble and rallied to finish 6th.

Dublin was next under the wire in 7th and was followed by Stately Victor, Mission Impazible, Devil May Care, American Lion, Jackson Bend, Discreetly Mine, Dean's Kitten, Conveyance, Homeboykris, Sidney's Candy, Line of David, Awesome Act, and Backtalk.


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Three out of four... insane!
Pimlico favors earlier runners than Louisville i.e. Summer Squall, Bee Bee Bee Louie Quatorze, War Emblem etc
Super Saver has a great shot in the Preakness but will get beat by ICE BOX in the Belmont.
How about Setsuko for the Belmont?
Great Race to Super Saver. Calvin Ran it PERFECTly. That horse made me a believer. NO way he can compete with some of these closers in the Belmont. Another 10 feet and Ice Box had him. I agree these horses are all average and some other Average horse will get a good run and win the Preakness.
I am glad to see that Super Saver won the race. I think the jocky is right and we may have a triple crown winner this year. If not, it will be close like Smarty Jones in 2004. Either way, this year is a good year for the horse racing industry....
  • medlocke · Super Saver is a legit colt. No doubt about it. Plus, he's a colt that's been on the improve for sometime as well. But a Triple Crown winner, not likely. Or at least, I wouldn't hold my breath. Especially if he has to face Sidney's Candy or Lookin At Lucky on dry, fast tracks in either the Preakness or Belmont Stakes. I think Sidney's Candy, provided the Belmont track is dry and fast, is perfect for the 1-1/2. I just really think the mud, and trying to go with Conveyance in it, blew his fuse today, IMO. But he's bread, on both sides, for speed and distance. Both sides of his bloodline are multiple Stakes winners at distances from 6 furlongs to 1-1/2. If Joe Talamo gives him the right kind of ride, especially in the Belmont Stakes at 1-1/2, I could see Sidney's Candy really drawing away from the field in that race. That is, unless Eskendereya is back racing by then? · 2730 days ago
@mblack If that horse wins the triple crown it only confirms how pathetically weak this crop of 3 year olds may be.
Congrats to Borel, Pletcher, Super Saver, and WinStar Farm. Their horse sat a dream trip over footing he clearly enjoyed, and his early-pressing style will always give him a chance to win. That being said, I will not be picking him in Baltimore. The 2010 3yo's are closely matched and should continue to trade decisions based on pace, trips, etc.
Way to go, Calvin! Three out of four? It's UnBorelable.
When Sidney's Candy kept sitting right off of Conveyance, I kept waiting for him to kick and go on for home like he's done in most of his races. Until I looked at the splits. 23 sec. 1/4 46 and change for the 1/2, in six inches of mud, with three inches of water floating on top. LOL. But great ride again by Calvin. Sidney's Candy and Conveyance really set the race up perfectly for the stalkers and closers. Most of the horses that everyone figured would be factor's in the race, never turned out to be factor's at all. Last time I'm betting the Derby when I wake up, and you could already be sailing around Churchill Downs in a sailboat. LOL.

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