Horse Racing

Super Saver wins 136th edition of the Kentucky Derby

The 136th edition of the Kentucky Derby took place on the first of May of 2010, it was televised all across the USA by NBC, and it exceeded the two million dollars in stakes. The winner of the race was Super Saver, with Calvin Borel being the jockey, making him the only one every to acquire 3 Derby victories in a 4-year period. Horses Ice Box, Paddy O’Prado and Make Music for Me finishing in 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively.

The attendance for the race was around 155 thousand people, which make the 136th edition of the race the 6th largest one in history, with wagers exceeding 30 million concerning the main pool, and 21 million dollars for the exacta.

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As Eskendereya, the favorite to win the race, was withdrawn from the competition due to a leg that got too swollen to race just a week before the Derby, there was not a real favorite after him, with Lookin At Lucky being the horse with more statistical probabilities and odds of 6 to 1 (such numbers matched the most elevated odds for a favorite horse in the history of the race).

Super saver managed to take the lead of the race at the stretch in what it was considered to be the most open Kentucky Derby in quite a few years. It was also the first Derby win for Todd Pletcher in 25 attempts.

The track was quite wet and also a bit sloppy due to some heavy rain during the previous day to the race and the morning of the actual event. Victory time in the official clock was 2:04:45, with a winning margin listed as 2 and a half lengths.

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Ice Box, the horse that came in second, came from the back and barely made it to second after Paddy O’Prado.

The victorious horse, Super Saver, began the day as the 2nd favorite after Lookin at Lucky. The winner came out from gate number four, with Borel taking the inside rail immediately after the start of the race, which is a strategy he often utilizes.

He then managed to take 4th place near the final turn, to then make it to the victory closely followed by Ice Box. This meant the 1st victory for Super Saver, just after winning the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes as a 2-year-old. The overall favorite, Lookin at Lucky, did not perform as expected, and ended up as 6th.

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