Three Questions: Todd Pletcher

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1. How do you feel Super Saver will cope with the notoriously brief turn-around from the Kentucky Derby to the Preakness?

Obviously the Derby is a taxing race. In a perfect world we would have more time, but this is the way it's laid out. And I do feel very good about the way he came out of it. He was bright and alert the next day. He was head out into his hayrack, ears up, you know, very, very content. A lot of times you'll see horses off a top effort, and every time you walk by their stall they're sleeping or lying down, wiped out. He does not appear to be knocked out from it.

2. How do you react to calls to spread out the Triple Crown series?

Let's say we made it a month from the Derby to the Preakness, and five or six weeks to the Belmont after that. To me, it would not be the same Triple Crown that has been in place over history. I think we'd see a lot more Triple Crown winners – but it would be a lot less prestigious.

3. Before the Derby you said Calvin Borel [his jockey] was worth five lengths at Churchill Downs. What might he be worth at Pimlico?

Well, I thought he rode Rachel Alexandra very well [to win the Preakness] last year. If I remember right she broke from post 13, so that was a difficult assignment. I think Calvin is an exceptional rider everywhere, and even better than that at Churchill. I've total confidence he'll handle Pimlico without any issues.