05/16/2010 11:00PM

Super Saver getting bit of a break


ELMONT, N.Y. - Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver, whose Triple Crown hopes were dashed by an eighth-place finish in Saturday's Preakness Stakes, arrived at Belmont Park Sunday morning and will get a brief freshening before being pointed for a summer/fall campaign.

Trainer Todd Pletcher said Monday that Super Saver will be in light training for the immediate future with the idea of freshening him up for the $500,000 Jim Dandy at Saratoga on July 31 or the $1 million Haskell Invitational on Aug. 1 at Monmouth Park.

Pletcher added that the Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs on Nov. 6 is the main goal for Super Saver.

Pletcher said that Super Saver definitely lost a bit of weight through the spring. From March 13 through May 15, Super Saver ran in the Tampa Bay Derby (third), Arkansas Derby (second), and Kentucky Derby (first) before the Preakness. He also shipped from Florida to Arkansas to Kentucky to Baltimore and finally to New York.

"I think he's physically handled it well," Pletcher said. "Like most horses that will run three races in five weeks, they're going to lose a little bit of weight, which is about what we expected. I think he's mentally held up really well, but as expected he's lost a few pounds."

Pletcher said Super Saver would alternate between jogging, galloping, and walking for the next several weeks.

"He won't breeze for a while," Pletcher said.

Though Pletcher hasn't finished worse than third with the last five horses he has run in the Belmont Stakes since 2006 - Rags to Riches won it in 2007 - Pletcher will most likely skip the race this year. He said Monday the filly Devil May Care, who finished 10th in the Kentucky Derby, is "likely for the Mother Goose and unlikely for the Belmont." The Mother Goose, restricted to 3-year-old fillies, will be run June 26 and will not include the Kentucky Oaks winner, Blind Luck.

Pletcher has plans for some of his other 3-year-olds who were on the Triple Crown trail. Mission Impazible, ninth in the Kentucky Derby after winning the Louisiana Derby, will be pointed to the Grade 3 Pegasus at Monmouth Park on June 19. Discreetly Mine, 13th in the Kentucky Derby, will make his next start in the Grade 2, $250,000 Woody Stephens going seven furlongs here on Belmont Stakes Day.

Pletcher noted that Rule, the Sam F. Davis winner who did not run in the Kentucky Derby, is getting a freshening at WinStar Farm and may rejoin his New York stable in the next month.