Calvin Borel rides Super Saver to victory during the 136th Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 1, 2010, in Louisville, Ky.
Updated: Saturday, 01 May 2010, 7:29 PM EDT
Published : Saturday, 01 May 2010, 6:40 PM EDT
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Jockey Calvin Borel steered Super Saver through the mud to win his third Kentucky Derby in four years. The win ended trainer Todd Pletcher's Derby drought.
Pletcher came into the race 0 for 24, but Borel put him in the winner's circle at Churchill Downs with a perfect ride along the rail and through the slop.
Super Saver covered the 1 1/4-miles in 2:04.45 as the second-choice behind favorite Lookin At Lucky.
Ice Box nipped Paddy O'Prado at the wire for second.
Borel won a shocker last spring aboard 50-1 long shot Mine That Bird.
The rider nicknamed "Bo-rail" for his rail-hugging rides at his hometown track did it again. He stalked the leaders early then moved forward in the stretch to win going away.
Pletcher slapped his hands together after his colt crossed the finish line, snapping a dubious skid that the Eclipse Award winning trainer was eager to end.
Lookin At Lucky started on the rail and finished sixth for three-time Derby winning trainer Bob Baffert.
Heavy rains doused Churchill Downs early Saturday morning and turned the dirt into a muddy soup. Well over an inch fell by 12 p.m. EDT
The weather forced officials to move the turf races to the dirt track, leading to numerous scratches. There were no defections from the 20-horse Derby field.
The weather did little to deter fans. A tent city popped up on infield as spectators fought to stay dry. In the grandstand fans tried to stand out in their Derby best but the biggest fashion accessory of the day were ponchos of various colors.