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Pletcher savors first Derby victory...Super Saver to train at Churchill...Lukas likely to challenge in Preakness with Dublin
SUPER SAVER (first), MISSION IMPAZIBLE (ninth), DEVIL MAY CARE (10th), DISCREETLY MINE (13th) – It was shortly after 5 a.m. on Sunday following Kentucky Derby 136 and trainer Todd Pletcher was at his barn and overseeing his first set of horses as they readied for gallops on a stormy spring morning.
The previous day Pletcher had climbed the mountain he’d been working on for the past nine years, winning the world’s most famous race with a racy colt named Super Saver aided by a late-blooming racing star named Calvin Borel.
The crowd of 155,804 braved heavy early morning rain and sporadic showers throughout the day to see WinStar Farm LLC’s Super Saver gallop to a historic victory the 136th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands.
BLIND LUCK (winner) – Friday’s Kentucky Oaks (GI) winner Blind Luck came out of her race in fine shape and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer now can set his sights on a second half of 2010 goal for his star filly.
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Storms hit Louisville, Kentucky, around 5:30 a.m. (EDT) Saturday morning, dumping more than an inch of precipitation on Churchill Downs, but the rain is expected to become more scattered by afternoon, with lights showers expected through early evening.
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A new attendance record crowd of 116,046, up 11 percent over last year, watched Blind Luck battle down the stretch to defeat Evening Jewel in the 136th running Kentucky Oaks.
Mark DeDomenico, John Carver, Peter Abruzzo and Jerry Hollendorfer’s Blind Luck outgamed Evening Jewel in a deep stretch duel to win the 136th running of the $584,300 Kentucky Oaks for 3-year-old fillies by a nose on Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs before a record Kentucky Oaks Day crowd
AMERICAN LION – WinStar Farm’s Illinois Derby (GIII) winner American Lion had a routine gallop Friday morning. Trainer Eoin Harty said the Tiznow colt will walk early Saturday morning.