Kentucky Derby

Pletcher declares Super Saver fit and headed to the Preakness

LOUISVILLE — Four days removed from the biggest race of his life, Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver still hasn't slowed down.

In his first trip to the track since his victory in the first leg of the Triple Crown on Saturday, WinStar Farm's homebred Super Saver looked like anything but a tired horse as he jogged an easy mile over the Churchill Downs strip Wednesday morning.

"He came out of it well; I'm actually surprised how well," said trainer Todd Pletcher, who saddled his first Derby winner in Super Saver. "It's always tough when you have to run back (in the Preakness) on short rest, but all the signs we're seeing are very positive."

Super Saver is scheduled to head to Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore for the Preakness Stakes on a flight on May 12, but just who will be alongside the son of Maria's Mon is to be determined.

Dale Romans, trainer of Derby third-place finisher Paddy O'Prado, said he plans to send the son of El Prado to the second leg of the Triple Crown, and he might also ship First Dude, third in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes.

"I'd say it's 90 percent we'd run if he can get in," Romans said of First Dude.

The field for the Preakness is limited to 14 starters.

Reigning 2-year-old champion Lookin At Lucky — sixth in the Derby — also has a spot reserved on the flight, but trainer Bob Baffert said he probably won't make a decision on the colt's status or that of his stablemate Conveyance until Sunday.

"I still don't know. I'm really going to have to see something from him, that his energy is there and he's strong," Baffert said from his Churchill barn Wednesday morning. "I was going to jog him today, but I gave him another day off and will take him to the track tomorrow.

"He was pretty tired after (the Derby), but he looks like he's coming back to life today."

One Derby runner who will definitely sit out the Preakness is the runner-up, Bob LaPenta's Ice Box.

Trainer Nick Zito, who had said he was hesitant to run back the late-running colt off only a two-week break, confirmed Wednesday that he would give the son of Pulpit more rest.

"After talking to Mr. LaPenta we concurred that Ice Box's race was tremendous, but we also knew it was a tough race," Zito said in a statement. "We feel we are better suited to wait and pass the Preakness and possibly go on to the Belmont and, hopefully, things work out. We have more evaluation to do with (12th-place finisher) Jackson Bend and will make a decision on his status for the Preakness on Monday."

Trainer D. Wayne Lukas reaffirmed Wednesday he would send both Dublin, seventh in the Derby, and Northern Giant to Pimlico on Tuesday. New shooters Caracortado, Pleasant Prince, and Schoolyard Dreams have also been committed to run in the race.

Make Music for Me, fourth in the Derby, remains doubtful.

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