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Shackleford wins on undercard

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Shackleford is back.

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On Saturday's Kentucky Derby undercard, last year's Preakness Stakes winner won the seventh race, the Grade I Churchill Downs, for his first victory since holding off Animal Kingdom and winning at Pimlico Race Course by a half-length.

The chestnut colt trained by Dale Romans and ridden by Jesus Castanon covered seven furlongs in 1 minute, 21:06 seconds and battled Amazombie to the end.

"He gave me a heck of a move right from the gate," Castanon said. "I sat right off them, and when I asked him to pick it up, he was game. … You couldn't ask for better."

SO CLOSE: Losing the Derby was bad enough. Letting down his son was worse for Bob Baffert.

Bodemeister, the bay colt named after the trainer's 7-year-old son, led but couldn't hold on and was overtaken by I'll Have Another.

"He was there," Baffert said. "He just got tired."

Baffert teared up in the paddock when he thought about his son's disappointment.

"I was watching my little son, Bode, I feel so bad for him," said Baffert, who named his boy after his skiing pal, Bode Miller.

BELIEVE IT: Believe You Can got extra attention as trainer Larry Jones' newest star filly after Friday's Kentucky Oaks win. "She's wanting treats and she thinks she deserves some reward," Jones said. "She gets all kind of peppermints, carrots, sweet potatoes, you name it. Whatever she wants, she's pretty well going to get."

And Rosie Napravnik, who became the first female jockey to win the Oaks in the race's 138 years, was back at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. "It's just been a whirlwind. I haven't had a chance to sit down and relax yet," she said. "After the (Oaks) I had over 100 text messages, along with voice mails, Twitter, Facebook messages. We've been getting tons of support."

CELEB SIGHTINGS: As usual, many celebrities and sports figures made it to the Derby.

One was Bucs defensive tackle Amobi Okoye, a former star at Louisville who signed with Tampa Bay last month.

Other sports stars included Patriots coach Bill Belichick, Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari and Louisville counterpart Rick Pitino, and former tennis stars Andre Agassi and wife Steffi Graf. Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn trod the red carpet leading into the historic track wearing 6-inch heels.

From the nonsports realm, country music star Miranda Lambert, actor Terry O'Quinn from TV's Lost and Miss America Laura Kaeppeler appeared.

Shackleford wins on undercard 05/05/12 [Last modified: Saturday, May 5, 2012 10:04pm]
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