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Kentucky Jockey Club S. (G2) romper SUPER SAVER (Maria's Mon) will not have jockey Calvin Borel aboard for his sophomore debut in the March 13 Rebel S. (G2) at Oaklawn Park.
"We have a little conflict," Borel's agent Jerry Hissam said. "We'll be in New Orleans that day for Rachel," alluding to Horse of the Year RACHEL ALEXANDRA's (Medaglia d'Oro) making her seasonal debut on March 13 in the New Orleans Ladies S. at Fair Grounds. Borel, of course, is her regular rider.
Borel first picked up the mount on Super Saver in the November 28 Kentucky Jockey Club, guiding the well-bred colt to a five-length victory in stakes-record time.
Super Saver was originally under consideration for the March 6 Gotham S. (G3) at Aqueduct. Borel was all set for the ride on that date, before trainer Todd Pletcher ultimately settled upon the Rebel instead.
"I have no idea who will ride him now," Hissam added of Super Saver in the Rebel.
Southern California shipper CARDIFF GIANT (Yankee Gentleman), third in last Saturday's Southwest S. (G3), is also headed to the Rebel, according to assistant trainer Ricardo Contreras.
"I just talked to (trainer) Jorge (Periban)," Contreras said while Cardiff Giant walked the shedrow after a gallop. "That is our next spot."
In other Derby trail news, trainer John Sadler reports that SIDNEY'S CANDY (Candy Ride [Arg]) and DAVE IN DIXIE (Dixie Union) could make their next starts in the March 13 San Felipe S. (G2) at Santa Anita.
"Either one or both of them could start," Sadler said.
Sidney's Candy was an impressive winner of the San Vicente S. (G2) last out, while Dave in Dixie is exiting a rallying second in the Robert B. Lewis S. (G2).
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas revealed that WOW WOW WOW (Broken Vow), who posted a 4 3/4-length victory in a recent allowance/optional claimer at Oaklawn, will ship to Aqueduct for the Gotham.