WinStar Farm’s Super Saver is looking to recapture the magic he had when winning the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) on May 1 in the slop at Churchill. The Maria’s Mon colt has tired badly in his last two starts, first when finishing eighth in the Preakness and also last out when a distant fourth in the Haskell. Calvin Borel will be in the irons once again on the two-time graded stakes winner and earner of more than $1.8 million.
“The second race off the layoff is typically his best," said WinStar racing manager Elliott Walden. "We hope he learned something off the Haskell and will have a good race. He's got to step up. We'll let him do the talking. He's set up to run very, very well.”
In his racing debut last summer, Super Saver finished runner-up to Discreetly Mine in a maiden special weight contest at Saratoga.
Super Saver's trainer, Todd Pletcher, won the Travers in 2005 with Flower Alley .
Nick Zito, who won the race in 2004 with Birdstone , has three chances with Fly Down, Ice Box, and Miner's Reserve.
$1,000,000 Travers (gr. I, 5:46 p.m. EDT), 3YO, 1 1/4 Miles (Dirt)
PP. Horse, Trainer, Jockey, Weight, Odds
1. Miner's Reserve, Nicholas Zito, David Cohen, 126, 12-1
2. Trappe Shot, Kiaran McLaughlin, Alan Garcia, 126, 4-1
3. Admiral Alex, Leon J. Blusiewicz, Kent Desormeaux, 12-1
4. First Dude, Dale Romans, Ramon Dominguez, 126, 8-1
5. A Little, Warm, Anthony Dutrow, John Velazquez, 126, 7-2
6. Ice Box, Nicholas Zito, Julien Leparoux, 126, 10-1
7. Afleet Express, James Jerkens, Javier Castellano, 126, 6-1
8. Fly Down, Nicholas Zito, Jose Lezcano, 126, 8-1
9. Friend Or Foe, John Kimmel, Rajiv Maragh, 126, 15-1
10. Afleet Again, Robert E. Reid, Cornelio Velasquez, 126, 30-1
11. Super Saver, Todd Pletcher, 126, Calvin Borel, 6-1
The Horse Racing Radio Network will provide live coverage of the Travers and other stakes on the card. HRRN’s "Equine Forum" will be hosted live from Saratoga earlier in the day. HRRN president and host, Mike Penna, will be joined by analysts Jude Feld, Rolly Hoyt, Sean Clancy, and guests. The show airs 8-10 a.m. ET on WLXO 96.1 FM in Lexington, as well as on the HRRN website.
Live Travers Stakes coverage from 4-6 p.m. ET will feature pre- and post-race analysis, interviews, and the live call of the Travers, King’s Bishop (gr. I), Ballerina (gr. I), and Victory Ride (gr. III) from New York Racing Association announcer Tom Durkin.
HRRN’s afternoon race coverage can be heard on multiple HRRN affiliates across the country, and will be streamed worldwide on the HRRN website. A complete listing of affiliates is available on the HRRN site.