Super Saver took round one beneath the Twin Spires.
Lookin at Lucky captured round two at Old Hilltop.
In Sunday’s IZOD Haskell, Super Saver will look to take round three in his first start since the Preakness and third against his familiar foe.
“If Baffert’s got a three-year-old, you know he’s showing up at Monmouth,” said Elliott Walden, VP and racing manager for WinStar Farm. “We anticipated Lookin at Lucky coming from the time we started thinking about the race.”
Since the Preakness, Super Saver has worked steadily for his return to the races, highlighted by a five-furlong move in 1:00 at Belmont Park on July 18.
“Todd [trainer Pletcher] said that was the best work he’s ever seen him put in,” Walden said. “We feel very good about his fitness level and how he’s coming up to the Haskell.”
Without a clear standout in the 3-year-old division, Walden believes a good second half of the year from Super Saver could lead to an Eclipse Award.
“I think at this time of year in the three-year-old crop, it’s a new season,” he said. “The race is going to be run for the three-year-old champion in the second half of the year. You have a few horses on even ground, Super Saver being one of them. That’s one of the reasons we’re going to Monmouth. We want it to be settled on the track.”
WinStar Farm is no stranger to the Haskell winner’s circle. They remain the only owner to capture back-to-back runnings of the Grade 1 race – 2006 with Bluegrass Cat and 2007 with Any Given Saturday.