Super Saver Preview
Entering the 2010 Preakness Stakes, Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver (ridden by jockey Calvin Borel) finds himself as the favorite to win on Saturday.
There has been nothing but positive news surrounding Super Saver this week. Exercise rider Kevin Willey actually told trainer Todd Pletcher that he believes Super Saver has improved since winning the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago. Pletcher was concerned that after the colt ran at the Derby that Super Saver would lose weight and be fatigued. But thus far, Super Saver’s appetite has been good and Pletcher has been pleasantly surprised with how the colt has bounced back from such a tough race.
Super Saver opened as a 2/1 favorite to win the Preakness, but now sits at 5/2 according to oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com. Lookin at Lucky (3/1) and Paddy O’prado (6/1) are the two horses with the next best odds, so not much has changed since the opening futures were released.
Super Saver will start out of the No. 8 post position, which is a good thing if recent trends mean anything. In the last 12 years, the winning posts have all come from the outside, with the No. 8 post position collecting at least one victory in the last 12 years.
Final Analysis & Outlook:
Super Saver is one of the most versatile runners in this race, which is just one of the reasons he finds himself as the favorite. Jockey Calvin Borel is another big reason why Super Saver has such great odds to win the 135th running of the Preakness Stakes. Borel rode Super Saver to victory at the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago and is one of the elite jockeys in horse racing. Considering he is coming off a sharp prep inside 30 days, ran a 104 Beyer at the Derby and has made three starts this year, things look very good for Super Saver. The Preakness often favors colts that stalk the pace or can close, which are two things Super Saver can do. Don’t be surprised if this favorite finishes somewhere in the money on Saturday.
Preakness Stakes 135 - Saturday, May 15, 2010 - Horse Racing Odds
Super Saver 5/2
Lookin at Lucky 3/1
Paddy O'prado 6/1
Jackson Bend 11/1
Schoolyard Dreams 14/1
First Dude 20/1
Pleasant Prince 20/1
Yawanna Twist 25/1
Northern Giant 28/1
Posted: 5/15/10 5:30PM ET