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May 07, 2010

Super Saver takes to track as Derby champ



Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver went to the racetrack at Churchill Downs Wednesday morning for the first time since capturing the 136th Run for the Roses. The three-year-old colt is being prepared for the $1 million Preakness Stakes on Saturday, May 15 at Pimlico Race Course.

With exercise rider Kevin Willey aboard, Super Saver took a mile jog around Churchill's track.

"He jogged like a Derby winner," said Mike McCarthy, assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher.

Pletcher, who is currently at Belmont Park, is pleased with his colt's condition.

"Everything is going very well," noted Pletcher after talking to McCarthy. "The horse is doing great. Moving very well. Energy level and appetite have been a very good indication that he's come out of his race as well as we could hope for."

Pletcher has now won two of the three Triple Crown races. In addition to this year's Kentucky Derby, the four-time award winning trainer won the 2007 Belmont Stakes with the filly Rags to Riches.

The Derby champ is expected to face 13 challengers in the middle jewel of racing's Triple Crown.

Trainer Dale Romans will enter Paddy O'Prado, third in the Derby, and First Dude. The latter is coming off a third-place finish to Stately Victor in the Blue Grass Stakes.

"He wanted to go to the track," Romans said after O'Prado's morning gallop. "He's very happy and you could tell he wanted to do something.

"I may run him (First Dude), too. I have reserved a spot on the plane for him and if he is doing good, I'd say it's 90 percent we'd run if he can get in. I would have liked to have run him in the Derby."

Trainer Derek Ryan will take a shot at Super Saver with Schoolyard Dreams. Schoolyard Dreams was fourth in the Wood Memorial after second-place finishes in both the Sam F. Davis Stakes and Tampa Bay Derby. Eibar Coa will be the seventh rider in as many starts to ride the son of Stephen Got Even.

Last year Ryan sent out Musket Man to third-place finishes in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

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