Super Saver: Travers Workout - August 21

With jockey Calvin Borel aboard, Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver breezed five furlongs in 1:01.13 in company with The Roundhouse on the main track. "I wanted to keep him focused down the lane, and having a target early on kept him focused," said trainer Todd Pletcher of the WinStar Farm color-bearer. "Calvin [asked him] at the top of the lane, and he really lengthened out." While Super Saver normally goes out later in the morning, Pletcher sent him out early because he wanted Borel, who was flying to Oklahoma to ride this afternoon, to get "refamiliarized" with the Maria's Mon colt. "Calvin was going to leave last night, but he rearranged his schedule so he could be on the horse this morning," said Pletcher. "I wanted Calvin to have a feel for him and he seemed to be pleased with the way he was going." The trainer said he expected an improved performance in the Travers from Super Saver, who following his Derby win was eighth in the Preakness and then fourth, beaten 4 ¾ lengths, by Lookin At Lucky in the Haskell on August 1. "I think he's going to run an improved race from the Haskell," he said. "Having that race under his belt has helped him. If you look at his form this year, he ran decently in Tampa [third in the Tampa Bay Derby], moved forward with a better race in Arkansas [second in the Arkansas Derby], and then another move forward, so I think he's going to respond the same way."

 

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