05/09/2010 12:00AM

Romans figures, why not send two?

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Barbara D. Livingston
First Dude, third in the Blue Grass behind second-place Paddy O'Prado, will join him at Pimlico.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Dale Romans has never run a horse in the Preakness. But since he is having Paddy O'Prado sent to Baltimore later this week for the second jewel of the Triple Crown at Pimlico, Romans figured he might as well double his chances and send First Dude, too.

Paddy O'Prado made a terrific showing when he ran third in the May 1 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, giving closest chase in deep stretch to the victorious Super Saver before being passed in the final jumps to lose second money to Ice Box.

All in all, Romans was thrilled with the effort by Paddy O'Prado, and considering the colts finished just a length apart as the respective two-three finishers behind Stately Victor in the April 10 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland, Romans feels justified in sending Paddy O'Prado and First Dude to Maryland.

"I'd actually wanted to run First Dude in the Derby because he was doing so well after the Blue Grass, and I thought he could've been an impact player," said Romans. "But obviously he couldn't get in because of earnings. Maybe the extra time will help him. He sure worked good this morning."

First Dude, owned by Don Dizney, had his final prerace tune-up Saturday at Churchill, breezing five furlongs in 1:00.60, fastest of 13 at the distance. Ramon Dominguez has the Preakness mount.

Paddy O'Prado, owned by a partnership managed by Iowa attorney Jerry Crawford, "came out of the race in such good shape, we can't find a reason not to go to the Preakness," said Romans. "I know it's back quick, but the horse is telling us he's ready to go again."

The Romans pair will be on the Wednesday charter flight that will transport a sizable Kentucky shipment to Baltimore. The flight is scheduled to depart Louisville shortly after noon Eastern.

Preakness entries will be drawn Wednesday at 5 p.m. Eastern at Pimlico.

Lookin At Lucky still on fence

Bob Baffert still has not committed Lookin At Lucky, sixth as the Derby favorite, to the Preakness, and he told Pimlico officials Saturday that until he does, there is no need to announce a decision on whether he is replacing Garrett Gomez aboard the colt.

If Lookin At Lucky does run, Martin Garcia is expected to ride him. Gomez then would ride Dublin for D. Wayne Lukas, who in turn would move Terry Thompson onto his other Preakness starter, Northern Giant.

With Baffert watching, Lookin At Lucky galloped Saturday at Churchill for a third straight morning.

Pletcher likes what he sees

Todd Pletcher was back at Churchill for the first time since the day after the Derby when he watched frontside as Super Saver went through a routine gallop Saturday at about 7 a.m. Pletcher was all smiles afterward, as he and assistant Michael McCarthy continue to be pleased with how the colt came out of the race.

Pletcher has said he might have Super Saver "do something real easy" on Monday but that he doesn't necessarily have to breeze the colt between races.

Yawanna Twist eyes Preakness

The New York-bred Yawanna Twist, runner-up in both the Gotham and Illinois Derby, will run in the Preakness, trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. confirmed Saturday. Edgar Prado, winless in 12 Preakness mounts, will ride.

Dutrow said he and the owners Jim Riccio Sr., Jeffrey Bonner, and Frank Argano, who race under the name Steel Your Face Stables, would have liked to have run Yawanna Twist in the Kentucky Derby, but knew the horse did not have the sufficient graded stakes earnings to get in. In his last start, Yawanna Twist finished second to American Lion in the Illinois Derby.

"We've had this on our minds for a while," Dutrow said Saturday. "He's run big every time we've run him, he's never been disappointing. We've always been happy with the horse after his races. I'm happy he ran that big last time. We didn't get the win, but we were happy. If you gave me another second in the Preakness, we'd be disappointed we didn't win, but we'd be very happy with our horse."

Yawanna Twist, a son of Yonaguska, is scheduled to work at Churchill Downs on Monday and will be flown to Baltimore on Wednesday.

Caracortado looking sharp

Caracortado worked a sharp seven furlongs in 1:24.60 on Saturday morning at Santa Anita with his regular rider, Paul Atkinson, aboard.

Caracortado is coming off a troubled fourth-place finish in the Santa Anita Derby on April 3. He will be the first starter in a Triple Crown race for Atkinson and trainer Mike Machowsky.

"He worked really well," Machowsky said. "He worked in company. We gave him a target. I like that it will be six weeks between races." Caracortado is scheduled to fly to Maryland on Wednesday on a flight that originates early in the morning in Southern California and makes a stop in Kentucky to pick up, among others, Super Saver.

- additional reporting by David Grening and Jay Privman