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Leading up to Derby Day 2010, renowned horse trainer Todd Pletcher had prepped almost two dozen hopefuls for the race — without a winner. His latest charge, Super Saver, changed that, racing to victory in 2:04:45 over a muddy track. (Super Saver’s victory would also give jockey Calvin Borel back-to-back wins in the Derby, and his third win in four years.)
Super Saver, who was bred and raised by WinStar Farms in Kentucky, went on to compete in three additional races, but he never finished better than fourth place. Following those races, an exam showed the he had bruising in all four legs, so the colt was retired back to his familiar digs at WinStar Farms in October 2010.
“The final decision to retire Super Saver was a difficult one that may not be popular with fans but should be very popular with our breeders . . .. We felt like he had nothing more to prove,” WinStar vice president Elliott Walden told The Blood Horse.
Super Saver stood his first season as a stallion last year. His first foal, a filly, arrived in mid-January 2012. Soon after, WinStar shared a video of another newborn filly standing for the first time.
WinStar has great expectations on Saturday for colt Gemologist, who is undefeated in five races and is considered a top contender for this year’s Kentucky Derby. Gemologist’s sire, Tiznow, is just a few stalls down from Super Saver, so the barn will be buzzing with excitement.
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