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Iowa horse gears up for run at Preakness Stakes

Iowa horse gears up for run at Preakness Stakes

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BALTIMORE (AP) -- Iowa-owned Paddy O'Prado will break from an outside post when he takes on Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver and 10 others in Saturday's Preakness Stakes in Baltimore.

Coming in off a third-place finish in the Kentucky Derby, Paddy O'Prado is the third betting choice at 9-2. Ten of his 11 owners hail from Iowa, pooling their resources to buy the gray colt for $105,000 in 2008.

Trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Calvin Borel, Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver drew the No. 8 post in the field of 12 -- two short of the maximum -- for Saturday's 1 3-16-mile race at Pimlico.

In the Kentucky Derby, Paddy O'Prado closed from mid-pack over a rain-soaked Churchill Downs track to finish about three lengths behind Super Saver.

The Preakness Stakes is the second jewel of thoroughbred horseracing's triple crown. The third in final leg is the 1.5-mile Belmont Stakes in Elmont, New York.

Lookin At Lucky, the beaten Kentucky Derby favorite, is the 3-1 second choice of Pimlico oddsmaker Frank Carulli. The colt drew the No. 7 post Wednesday after starting the Derby on the rail and finishing sixth. He'll be ridden by Martin Garcia in the Preakness, with Garrett Gomez switching to 10-1 Dublin.

The last beaten Derby favorite to win the Preakness was Point Given in 2001. He was trained by Bob Baffert, who oversees Lookin At Lucky.

Pletcher also will saddle Aikenite, who drew the No. 1 hole and is one of three horses listed at 20-1.

Trainer D. Wayne Lukas is taking two shots at winning his sixth Preakness, and his first since 1999. He saddles Dublin, who was seventh in the Derby, and Northern Giant, who ran ninth in the Arkansas Derby. Northern Giant and Yawanna Twist, trained by Rick Dutrow Jr., are the two longest shots in the field at 30-1.

Dale Romans also has two Preakness starters. Besides Paddy O'Prado, he has 20-1 First Dude, third in the Blue Grass.

- Journal reporter Molly Montag contributed to this report.



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