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Horse Racing

Baffert Hopes Post No. 7 Lucky for Silver Charm

May 15, 1997|BILL CHRISTINE

BALTIMORE — Silver Charm, trying to become the first Kentucky Derby winner to win the Preakness since Sunday Silence in 1989, drew the No. 7 post for Saturday's race and was installed Wednesday as the 9-5 favorite.

The 122nd Preakness, which at 1 3/16 miles is 110 yards shorter than the Derby, drew 10 starters. The second choice at Pimlico, at 2-1, is Captain Bodgit, who finished second by a head in the Derby.

Bob Baffert, who trains Silver Charm, approved of his post and said he likes the idea of the speed in the race--Concerto--being on the inside. Silver Charm is expected to come from off the pace, as he did in the Derby. Captain Bodgit, drawing the No. 9 post, will not be at a disadvantage, because his style is to race from far back.

All of the horses will carry 126 pounds, same weight as the Derby.

The purse will be $751,000, with $488,150 going to the winner.

The forecast for Saturday is partly cloudy, with a chance of rain and temperatures in the 60s.

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PREAKNESS FACTS

* WHERE: Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore.

* DISTANCE: 1 3/16 miles.

* WHEN: Saturday, 2:30 p.m. PDT

* TV: Channel 7.

Post positions for Saturday's 122nd running of the Preakness Stakes, with horse, jockey and odds:

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PP Horse Jockey Odds 1. Jack At The Bank McCauley 50-1 2. Wild Tempest Bravo 20-1 3. Hoxie Santos 50-1 4. Free House Desormeaux 9-2 5. Touch Gold McCarron 5-1 6. Concerto Smith 12-1 7. Silver Charm Stevens 9-5 8. Frisk Me Now King 15-1 9. Captain Bodgit Solis 2-1 10. Cryp Too Lopez 30-1

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