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Bookies report soft race day

Despite the success that Kentucky Derby winners had in the Preakness Stakes over the last eight seasons, the hype – or lack there of it – couldn’t get folks to the windows on Saturday. Reports from Las Vegas race books indicate that this year’s Preakness Stakes came up well short of 2009 numbers.

The decrease is discouraging considering that Kentucky Derby figures saw significant increases, both within the state and overall across the country. Much of the falloff can be attributed to the horse itself, Super Saver, which didn’t seem to carry much weight or hoopla with the crossover audience.

There was no great story coming into the event with the horse or its owner, and the name itself didn’t lend any excitement to those people who bet only one or two times a year.

Come on, Super Saver? It sounds like a Wal-Mart discount aisle rather than a horse. It certainly doesn’t have the feel good connotation like a Funny Cide or Smarty Jones did, horses that captured the hearts of many after their Kentucky Derby wins.

The Preakness winner, Lookin at Lucky, paid $6.80 after being ridden by Martin Garcia. The move to use Garcia paid off for trainer Bob Baffert, who failed to win the Kentucky Derby as the favorite using veteran jockey Garrett Gomez.

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