LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver breezed an easy three furlongs on a busy Monday morning at Churchill Downs, going in 36.60 seconds over a fast track in preparation for the 135th Preakness on Saturday at Pimlico in Baltimore.
With jockey Calvin Borel up, and going shortly after the regularly scheduled harrow break around 8:30 a.m., Super Saver went his opening furlong in 12.40 seconds and galloped out past the wire to the seven-furlong pole in 49.20, according to Equibase clockers. He continued along to the six-furlong pole on the backstretch in 1:02.
"Calvin did exactly what we asked him to do," said trainer Todd Pletcher, who watched frontside. "Go an easy three-eighths and gallop out an easy half. It's amazing how effortless the horse was in doing it."
Super Saver will be among a large contingent of horses flown Wednesday afternoon from Louisville to Baltimore.
Four other Preakness prospects also worked Monday at Churchill. D. Wayne Lukas sent out a pair early in separate works, with Dublin going a half-mile in 48.40 seconds under jockey Garrett Gomez, who has the mount in the Preakness, and Northern Giant going three furlongs in 36.40 under exercise rider Arielle Witkowski. Two others went after the break: Hurricane Ike went seven furlongs in 1:25.80 under Preakness jockey Robby Albarado, and Yawanna Twist went five furlongs in 1:01.60.
Also Monday, Rachel Alexandra, the 2009 Horse of the Year, breezed an easy half-mile in 52 seconds in her first workout since incurring her second straight defeat in the April 30 La Troienne Stakes. Trainer Steve Asmussen has not committed Rachel Alexandra to a specific next race. "All options remain open," he said.