Kentucky Derby Review 2010: Super Saver for super Borel

Maybe he thought it would never happen, and Todd Pletcher handled the media chant of “nought for 24 runs” with amazing patience, but finally he did it. Todd Pletcher won the Kentucky Derby 2010 with Super Saver.

As for the jockey, well he doesn’t know how not to win the Kentucky Derby. Calvin Borel was making it an historic three wins from the last four runnings having won in 2007 (Street Sense), 2009 (Mine That Bird 50/1) and now 2010.

If Borel did not exactly run the identical race to last year, the last two furlongs were a carbon copy. He hugged the rail on the inner and like in 2009, he passed just one horse on the outside, everything else he took up the inner.

It always happens and this time it was Sidney’s Candy and Conveyance who slit their own throats with impossible early times. Their suicidal pace meant the astute Borel held his charge, normally a pace-setter, six lengths off the scorching pace in the slop. It is a real shame for Sidney’s Candy as the horse had a major form chance and the jockey simply blew it.

Todd Pletcher maintained Borel had given his charge an amazing ride and was worth an extra five pounds around Borel’s home track of Churchill Downs.

A week before the race everyone thought Todd Pletcher would win this Kentucky Derby finally, but not with Super Saver. Eskendereya was the red-hot futures favorite but unfortunately had a slight leg problem and had to be scratched. The result was consolation for Pletcher if not for Eskendereya’s owners.

In this year’s renewal Lookin At Lucky went off favorite at 6/1, a measure of how open this race was on paper, but it was not run on paper it was run on slop after the heavens opened. Lookin At Lucky demonstrated why an inside draw is such a disadvantage after being badly bumped and buffeted twice early on, coming out worst in those exchanges both time. That horse is better than the bare result of sixth place suggests. He was very unfortunate not to get involved in the scrap for first place. Pletcher’s much fancied filly Devil May Care was a disappointing tenth.

The UK representative was trainer Jeremy Noseda’s Awesome Act. He never fired at all on the sloppy track and beat just one home, Backtalk. While a much bigger run came from Noble’s Promise who probably suffered for his proximity to the early pace but nevertheless held on for fifth after fading off the lead.

2010 Kentucky Derby Result:

Track condition: sloppy.

  1. Super Saver (jockey: Calvin Borel. trainer: Todd Pletcher) 8/1
  2. Ice Box
  3. Paddy O’Prado
  4. Make Music For Me

20 ran