2010 Kentucky Derby winner retired to WinStar Farm

Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver has been retired to stand at WinStar Farm in Kentucky in 2011.

Super Saver (Maria’s Mon) sustained bruised cannon bones after the Run for the Roses.  “He had nothing more to prove,” WinStar racing manager Elliott Walden said.  “The injury should subside with time but it did create a risk if he kept racing.”

Super Saver was the first Kentucky Derby winner campaigned by WinStar owners Bill Casner and Ken Troutt.  WinStar had bred 2003 Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide but sold him as a yearling.

Super Saver also became the first Kentucky Derby winner for trainer Todd Pletcher when he scored a two length victory over Ice Box at Churchill Downs on May 1.   “I’ve dreamt of winning the Kentucky Derby since I was a six year-old,” Pletcher said.  “Super Saver was my fastest two year-old last year and I just had to harness that speed and get him ready.  Thank God it happened just that way.”

WinStar bred Super Saver from the A. P. Indy mare Supercharger, a $160,000 purchase at the 2006 Keeneland November sale.  Bred by Ogden Mills Phipps, she was carrying Super Saver at the time.

Super Saver won the G2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes by five lengths last year and returned this term for placings in theG1 Arkansas Derby and G3 Tampa Bay Derby en route to the Kentucky Derby.  He retires with 3 wins in 10 starts and more than $1.88 million in earnings.