Super Saver, the 3-year-old colt who won this year’s Kentucky Derby, was retired from racing Thursday, the Daily Racing Form reported.
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WinStar Farm, the owner of Super Saver, announced the colt was struggling with bruised cannon bones in all four legs.
"(The injury) created a risk that he would not return to the form he showed as a 2-year-old and through the Kentucky Derby. He was a top 2-year-old and became WinStar’s and Todd Pletcher’s first Kentucky Derby winner. We felt like he had nothing more to prove," said Elliot Walden, the racing manager of WinStar.
Super Saver’s trainer, Todd Pletcher, has been one of the nation’s top thoroughbred trainers for years, but had failed with 24 previous horses to win the Kentucky Derby.
“I’ve dreamt of winning the Kentucky Derby since I was six years old,” Pletcher said. “Super Saver was my fastest 2-year-old last year, and his stakes-record performance in the Kentucky Jockey Club told me he was a Derby horse. I just had to harness that speed and get him ready. Thank God it happened just that way.”
Under jockey Calvin Borel, Super Saver relished the sloppy Churchill Downs track on the first Saturday in May, winning the Derby by 2.5 lengths over Ice Box. He finished a well-beaten eighth in the Preakness, the second leg of the Triple Crown.
Super Saver’s injuries were discovered last month following disappointing runs in the Haskell Invitational and Travers Stakes, two of the summer’s premiere races for 3-year-olds.