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2010 Preakness Stakes: Garcia Takes Over On Lucky; Jim Rome Stuck In 2nd

LOUISVILLE, KY - APRIL 30:  Exercise rider Dana Barnes rides Lookin at Lucky during a morning workout at Churchill Downs on April 30, 2010 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Marc DocheCorrespondent IMay 13, 2010

On a beautiful Thursday afternoon at Hollywood Park, I caught up with jockey Martin Garcia, who discussed his mount on Lookin at Lucky (pictured) in Saturday's 135th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

In the day’s featured $44,200 allowance race, a six furlong turf sprint for fillies and mares, Jim Rome's Surfer Girl was once again looking for her first win since coming to the United States from Brazil a little over a year ago. She got hammered at the windows, going off as the 3-to-2 post-time favorite under hot riding Rafael Bejarano, but it was Sweet Sophia and David Flores who led every step of the way to post the 16-to-1 upset.

Surfer Girl ran on to finish second for the fifth time in ten lifetime starts and for the third time in six starts since being purchased by Rome's Jungle Racing, LLC.

Click here for video of my interview with Martin Garcia and coverage of Jim Rome and Surfer Girl in the feature race from Hollywood Park

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