Calvin Borel was thrilled that he won his third Derby in four years. He displayed euphoria on the ride from the backstretch to the winner’s circle, but was appropriately subdued at the post-race interview. The man who selected Borel to ride was subdued, too, and that wasn’t Todd Pletcher. It was WinStar Farms manager Elliott Walden who recommended him last November.
This was a Kentucky Derby with several fairy-tale endings. Take the good luck of Glen Fullerton, who won $900,000 in a sales promotion. Fullerton had the lone chance to bet $100,000 of the track’s money on any horse and he chose Super Saver. This is one Derby he’ll not forget.