Oct. 29, 2010
Edited from Official Release
Super Saver, winner of the 2010 Kentucky Derby and second in the Arkansas Derby, has been retired from racing and will go home to stand stud at WinStar Farm in Versailles, KY.
“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,” said Elliott Walden, WinStar Vice-President and Racing Manager. “The bone bruising that was discovered by Dr. Larry Bramlage DVM, which limited his performance during the latter half of this year, should subside with time. However, it created a risk that he would not return to the form he showed as a two-year-old and through the Kentucky Derby. He was a top two-year-old and became WinStar’s and Todd Pletcher’s first Kentucky Derby winner. We felt like he had nothing more to prove.”
Trained by Todd Pletcher, Super Saver proved to be a leading two-year-old before his Derby success. He broke his maiden by seven lengths in his second start at Belmont Park before shipping to Churchill Downs where he broke an 82-year-old stakes record in the Kentucky Jockey Club S. In that race, Super Saver set fast fractions – including a 46.75 half mile – before powering away from his rivals to win by five-lengths. He stopped the clock in 1:42.83 – record time for the 1 1/16-mile race.
Super Saver closed out his two-year-old season as one of the winter book favorites for the Kentucky Derby, and he was weighted at 122 lbs. on the Experimental Free Handicap including holding the No. 1 spot on Steve Haskin’s Derby Dozen.
At three, Super Saver entered the Tampa Bay Derby off a 3 ½-month layoff and finished third, beaten just half a length while setting all the fractions. He improved in the second start of his form cycle in the Arkansas Derby, finishing just a neck behind the winner while second. Super Saver was then aimed for the Kentucky Derby and was regarded as a top contender by many racing analysts.
Off as the second choice in the field of 20, Super Saver showed good tactical speed throughout under Calvin Borel. As the field hit the top of the stretch, Super Saver took full command inside the quarter pole and streaked clear down the long Churchill Downs stretch to score a decisive 2 1/2-length victory in the Run for the Roses. He earned a 104 Beyer Speed Figure while defeating 11 Grade 1 winners in the world’s most coveted race.
“I’ve dreamt of winning the Kentucky Derby since I was six years old,” Pletcher said. “Super Saver was my fastest two-year-old last year, and his stakes-record performance in the Kentucky Jockey Club told me he was a Derby horse. I just had to harness that speed and get him ready. Thank God it happened just that way.”
Super Saver retires as a major graded stakes winner at both two and three with earnings of $1,889,766.
“Super Saver is a special horse. He made a lot of dreams come true for the entire WinStar team,” said Doug Cauthen, President of WinStar. “Having him back at the farm this past month has been like having a family member return home. We ultimately felt like it was best for him to retire now, and we’re thrilled to have the rare opportunity to stand a horse of his caliber here where he was born and raised. With his impressive mix of speed and a classic pedigree, Super Saver is an exciting stud prospect.”