It was wet and sloppy at Churchill Downs for the 136th running of the Kentucky Derby, but that did not stop Super Savor from riding the rail to win the first leg of the Triple Crown.
The race did not go off at 6:24 p.m. as planned, but that didn't matter, all that did matter was that the 136th running of the Kentucky Derby happened. Race organizers and officials were glued to weather radar most of yesterday and today to see what was going to happen with rainy weather moving through Louisville, Kentucky. It rained yesterday and again this morning. The grounds crew canceled this morning's practice time, which was fine with most trainers and jockeys as they wanted a safe track, which was what the grounds crew was working on.
The crew was forced to "float" the track yesterday and again today. It is an act of running tractors and a weighted device around the track to compact the loose mud and to squeeze out the water as much as possible. The hope being that the track would hold and be safe to run the race.
The race went off and jockey Calvin Borel on top of Super Saver, maneuvered through the mud and other horses to find Borel his third Kentucky Derby victory. Super Saver's trainer, Todd Pletcher was 0 for 24 but got his first Derby victory today via Borel. Borel also won the Kentucky Derby last year on top of Mine That Bird a 50 to 1 long shot.
Rounding out the finish were, Ice Box placed and Paddy O'Prado showed while Derby favorite, Lookin At Lucky with trainer Bob Baffert ended up sixth.