Super Saver wins 136th Kentucky Derby

May 1, 2010 at 7:49 PM
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LOUISVILLE, Ky., May 1 (UPI) -- Super Saver won the 136th running of the Kentucky Derby Saturday as jockey Calvin Borel gained the winner's circle for the third time in four years.

Borel became the first jockey in Derby history to accomplish the feat, while prominent trainer Todd Pletcher got his first win of the fabled horse race.

Borel maneuvered Super Saver -- who came off at 8-1 as the second-betting favorite -- along the rail on the rain-soaked track to finish ahead of 11-1 Ice Box and 12-1 Paddy O'Prado with a winning time of 2:04 2/5ths on the 1 1/4-mile Churchill Downs track.

A steady, daylong rain in Louisville ended and the sun came out moments before the 6:32 p.m. post time.

With the win, the colt continued a comeback from a highly anticipated but disappointing 2010 debut when he could manage only a third-place finish in the Tampa Bay Derby, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported.

Super Saver, of WinStar Farms, improved earlier this month when he finished second at the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park, outgunned by a neck down the stretch of that race by Line of David, the newspaper said.

The sixth-largest crowd in Derby history, some 155,804, attended the event despite the inclement weather.

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