Super Saturday! Watch and Wager on the Preakness at Fair Grounds OTBs
The Triple Crown quest of Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver and Louisiana-born jockey Calvin Borel in the Preakness Stakes will be front and center Saturday at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, as well as all 10 Fair Grounds OTB & Casino locations throughout Southeast Louisiana. The 135th running of one of racing’s most coveted prizes will be featured on flat-screen monitors throughout all Fair Grounds venues and a full wagering menu will be offered on the robust 13-race program.
Gates at Fair Grounds and all Fair Grounds OTBs open early Saturday at 9:15 a.m. CDT, a half-hour prior to Pimlico Race Course’s first post at 9:45 a.m. CDT. The seven stakes races on the Pimlico card and their large, competitive fields make for one of the most attractive wagering programs of the year, culminating with the Preakness at 5:05 p.m. CDT.
Advance wagering on the Preakness Day card will open Friday morning. A special Black-Eyed Susan and Preakness Stakes double also will be offered Friday.
Super Saver, who won his first race of 2010 in the Kentucky Derby under a heady ride by Borel, drew post position No. 8 and was installed as the morning line 5-2 favorite for the middle jewel of the Triple Crown. The 3-1 second choice is beaten Kentucky Derby favorite Lookin at Lucky, who finished sixth in the Run for the Roses after being shuffled back at the break. Other Derby starters continuing on the harrowing Triple Crown trail are third-place finisher Paddy O’Prado (9-2 on the morning line), seventh-place finisher Dublin (10-1) and 12th-place finisher Jackson Bend (12-1).
New challengers in the 13-horse field include Bob Lewis Stakes winner Caracortado (10-1), Tampa Bay Derby runner-up Schoolyard Dreams (15-1), Florida Derby runner-up Pleasant Prince (20-1), Blue Grass Stakes third First Dude (20-1), Illinois Derby runner-up Yawanna Twist (30-1) and Fair Grounds veteran Northern Giant (30-1).
Romero to Sign Books Saturday at Kenner OTB & Casino
Retired jockey Randy Romero—winner of more than 4,000 races, including three Breeders’ Cup events—will sign copies of the new biography about his remarkable career Saturday from 1-3 p.m. at the Fair Grounds OTB & Casino in Kenner. Randy Romero’s Remarkable Ride, by award-winning author Bill Heller, recounts the Louisiana-born jockey’s many successes, highlighted by Hall of Fame mare Personal Ensign’s legendary win in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff to cap off an undefeated career, as well as his struggles off the track, including a career-long battle to maintain riding weight. Copies of Randy Romero’s Remarkable Ride will be available for purchase.
Fair Grounds Veterans Comedero, Blame Favored in Saturday Stakes at Pimlico
Notable Fair Grounds horses in Saturday’s stakes races at Pimlico:
The Chick Lang (Race 6)—For 3-year-olds at six furlongs
Comedero, winner of the Nov. 7 Old Hickory Stakes, is the 7-5 morning line favorite for trainer Mike Stidham with Robby Albarado up
The W.D. Schaefer (Race 8)—For older horses at 1 1/16 miles
Blame, the 8-5 morning line favorite, has never started at Fair Grounds but breezed here several times this winter for trainer Al Stall Jr.
The Dixie (Race 11)—For older horses at 1 1/8 miles on turf
Wesley, 6-1, finished seventh in the 2009 Muniz Handicap for trainer Mark Hennig
Pick Six, 15-1, was second in the March 27 Muniz Handicap for owner-trainer Ernest Oare
Baltimore Bob, 20-1, was fourth in the Dec. 26 Buddy D. and third in the Feb. 20 Fair Grounds Handicap for previous trainer Helen Pitts
The Preakness Stakes (Race 12)—For 3-year-olds at 1 3/16 miles
Northern Giant, 30-1, hit the board in two maiden special weights and was third in the Feb. 20 Risen Star Stakes for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas