Preakness 2010 Predictions: Only one horse has a shot at winning the Triple Crown in over three decades since Affirmed in 1978, that being the bay son of Maria Mon – Super Saver. Under jockey Calvin Borel and trained by Todd Pletcher, Super Saver is the horse I predict will win today's Preakness Stakes.
Homebred out of the A.P. Indy mare Supercharger, Super Saver had flashed early speed in each of his first six career starts, but found himself in a prime stalking spot in the Kentucky Derby. Under jockey Calvin Borel’s careful handling, he strayed from the rail only once in 1 1/4 miles and sprinted clear to win by 2 1/2 lengths.
It was the first victory in three 2010 starts for Super Saver, who finished second, beaten a neck by long shot Line of David, in his Derby tune-up, the $1 million Arkansas Derby. He began the year running third by half a length to Odysseus and Schoolyard Dreams in the Grade 3 Tampa Bay Derby on March 13.
Second in his career debut last August at Saratoga Race Course, Super Saver beat maidens in the Belmont Park slop second time out, then was fourth in the Grade 1 Champagne before ending his juvenile campaign with a five-length victory in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill Downs.
Super Saver and Borel look like a winning combination, not only for the Preakness but for the grueling Belmont also.
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