There were two things trainer Todd Pletcher did before Saturday's 136th Kentucky Derby started that he'd never done before. He decided to watch the race on television in Churchill Downs' horsemen's lounge reserved for luminaries of the afternoon rather than from a private box overlooking the track. That was where a television camera captured him thrusting his fist triumphantly into the air as one of his four horses, Super Saver, splashed down the homestretch for Pletcher's first win of our grandest horse race.
More substantively, Pletcher last November acquiesced to the suggestion of his boss, Winstar Farm vice president and racing manager Elliott Walden, and handed the reins for Super Saver to jockey Calvin Borel.
"That was my decision," Walden told me after stepping off the winner's dais at Churchill Downs early Saturday afternoon.