Super Saver (horse)

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Super Saver
SireMaria's Mon
GrandsireWavering Monarch
DamsireA.P. Indy
CountryUnited States
BreederWinStar Farm
OwnerWinStar Farm
TrainerTodd A. Pletcher
Record9: 3-2-1
EarningsUS$ 1,826,432
Major wins
Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (2009)
American Classic Race Wins:
Kentucky Derby (2010)

Super Saver (foaled March 18, 2007) is a retired American Thoroughbred race horse, best known as the winner of the 2010 Kentucky Derby.


Super Saver's ancestors include damsire A.P. Indy, winner of the 1992 Belmont Stakes, 1957 Preakness Stakes winner Bold Ruler, 1964 Kentucky Derby winner Northern Dancer, and Triple Crown winners Secretariat (1973) and Seattle Slew (1977). He is also descended from superstud Mr. Prospector, whose descendants have won numerous Triple Crown races. His sire Maria's Mon, was also the sire of 2001 Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos, and his dam Supercharger is a full sister to the dam of Bluegrass Cat.

Racing career[edit]

Super Saver holds the stakes record for the Grade II Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes for two-year-olds at Churchill Downs, finishing a 1​116 on a fast main track in 1:42.83, eclipsing the stakes record of 1:43.14 established by Captain Steve in 1999.

Super Saver provided the third Derby win in a four-year period for jockey Calvin Borel, and the first win out of 25 entries for trainer Todd Pletcher. Super Saver went off as 5:2 morning line favorite for the 2010 Preakness Stakes. Super Saver ended up finishing 8th in that race, thus failing to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978's Affirmed.

After poor efforts following the Kentucky Derby in the Preakness Stakes and Haskell Invitational, Super Saver underwent a full veterinary exam, which showed that the colt had bruising and inflammation in all four of his cannon bones. He was retired from racing in October, 2010 and will begin his stud career at WinStar Farm in Versailles, Kentucky for the 2011 breeding season.[1]

Racing statistics[edit]

8/22/09 2 6 ½ f Maiden Special Weight SAR Dirt 1:16.80 2 John Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher WinStar Farm
9/11/09 2 1m Maiden Special Weight BEL Dirt 1:38.20 1 7 Ramon Dominguez Todd A. Pletcher WinStar Farm
10/10/09 2 1m Champagne Stakes I BEL Dirt 1:35.12 4 John Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher WinStar Farm
11/28/09 2 1​116 m Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes II CD Dirt 1:42.83 1 5 Calvin Borel Todd A. Pletcher WinStar Farm
3/13/10 3 1​116 m Tampa Bay Derby III TAM Dirt 1:44.31 3 Ramon Dominguez Todd A. Pletcher WinStar Farm
4/10/10 3 1​18 m Arkansas Derby I OP Dirt 1:49.37 2 Calvin Borel Todd A. Pletcher WinStar Farm
5/01/10 3 1​14 m Kentucky Derby I CD Dirt 2:04.45 1 2 ½ Calvin Borel Todd A. Pletcher WinStar Farm
5/15/10 3 1​316 m Preakness Stakes I PIM Dirt 1:55.47 8 Calvin Borel Todd A. Pletcher WinStar Farm
8/1/10 3 1​18 m Haskell Invitational Handicap I MON Dirt 1:49.4 4 Calvin Borel Todd A. Pletcher WinStar Farm


Pedigree of Super Saver
Maria's Mon
Wavering Monarch Majestic Light Majestic Prince
Uncommitted Buckpasser
Lady Be Good
Carlotta Maria Caro Fortino
Water Malone Naskra
Gray Matter
A.P. Indy Seattle Slew Bold Reasoning
My Charmer
Weekend Surprise Secretariat
Lassie Dear
Get Lucky Mr. Prospector Raise a Native
Gold Digger
Dance Number Northern Dancer
Numbered Account


  1. ^ Lowe, Jeff. "Super Saver retired to stand at WinStar in 2011". Thoroughbred Times. Retrieved 21 January 2011.

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