'Saver' slight favorite in early betting
BALTIMORE -- Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver is a slight favorite over Lookin At Lucky after Friday's early wagering for Saturday's $1 million Preakness Stakes. The odds are based on money wagered only in the state of Maryland.
With $126,351 in the win pool at Pimlico and Laurel as of 6:40 p.m. Eastern on Friday, Super Saver and Lookin At Lucky were both 9-5. However, Super Saver was $1.80-1 while Lookin At Lucky was $1.90-1, according to Maryland officials.
Lookin At Lucky finished sixth as the 6-1 favorite in the Derby after a disastrous beginning to the race. Super Saver won the Derby as the 8-1 second choice with a masterful ride from jockey Calvin Borel.
Paddy O'Prado, the third-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby, was the third choice at 8-1. He was followed by Jackson Bend (11-1), Dublin (13-1), Yawanna Twist (14-1), Schoolyard Dreams (22-1), Caracortado (23-1), Pleasant Prince (25-1), Aikenite (30-1), Northern Giant (30-1), and First Dude (30-1).
Lookin At Lucky is the favorite in the Black-Eyed Susan/Preakness double wagering. The will pays for that wager with Acting Happy ($22.20):
1. Aikenite - $493.20
2. Schoolyard Dreams - $446.20
3. Pleasant Prince - $516.80
4. Northern Giant - $1,395.60
5. Yawanna Twist - $361.20
6. Jackson Bend - $419.40
7. Lookin At Lucky - $89.60
8. Super Saver - $117.40
9. Caracortado - $487
10. Paddy O' Prado - $301.20
11. First Dude - $440.20
12. Dublin - $243.80
In the $50,000 Jockey Challenge on Friday's card, Javier Castellano won the $14,000 first-place prize with 24 points, two more than defending Jockey Challenge winner Kent Desormeaux. Parimutuel wagering was available on the Jockey Challenge. A $2 wager on Castellano returned $10. The Castellano-Desormeaux exacta returned $45.20.
Castellano earned 12 points for winning the seventh race aboard Squabble. He also earned 12 points for finishing second aboard Skeleton Crew in the third race. The winner of that race, jockey Joshua Navarro, was not part of the Jockey Challenge.
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