“I thought as well as First Dude hung in there that we were in a good spot. He was able to move himself right outside of (First Dude). It looked like the colt was relaxed. He was traveling well down the backside and you could tell that when he went to the far turn, he came up empty.
“It was an honest pace with First Dude hanging in there. He finished second. It would be hard to say that we were chasing too fast of a pace. I thought Calvin (Borel) gave him a perfect trip. Coming off a huge effort in the Derby (on May 1), the two weeks was too short.
“When they went to the far turn, you could see that Calvin was squeezing and asking him to go get that horse, and he just couldn't do it. He hung in there. He kept fighting. He tried hard. It was back a little quick for him. Now we've got time to come back for a big summer.
“I wouldn't trade the Derby for anything. We got the one we wanted the most. We would have loved to come here and win the Preakness and go to Belmont with a chance to win the Triple Crown. That would be the ultimate challenge, but I wouldn't trade that one for any of the other ones.”
Pletcher said Super Saver came out of the race in good condition.
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