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Iowa ties to the Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby begins Saturday at 5:24 p.m. (CT) The Kentucky Derby begins Saturday at 5:24 p.m. (CT)

Iowans will once again have representation at the Kentucky Derby. This year's Running of the Roses will feature a horse named Dullahan, which Iowa group Donegal Racing owns.

Donegal Racing also owned Paddy O'Prado, the third-place finisher in the 2010 Kentucky Derby.

Dullahan is expected to do well Saturday, with odds at eight to one.

Three race tracks in Iowa are simulcasting the Kentucky Derby Saturday afternoon, including Bluffs Run Greyhound Park in Council Bluffs and Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Altoona.

The Key City is hosting the third simulcast. At 5:24 p.m. Central Time, Dubuque's Mystique Casino will simulcast the Kentucky Derby at its dog park.

Programs are now available. People can wager on the race beginning Friday morning.

Mystique Casino's director of public relations, Joey Anderson, said the casino is expecting hundreds of people to show up to watch the simulcast of the 138th annual Kentucky Derby. Seven buses are scheduled to arrive Saturday.

"Saturday is going to be a lot of fun at Mystique Casino with the running of the Kentucky Derby," Anderson said. "We are looking to welcome hundreds and hundreds of people down here to the casino in some of their finest gear. We'll see them in their Kentucky Derby hats, and it'll just be a fun, fun day."

New this year, and only at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, guests can do what's called advanced deposit wagering. A person can set up an account with the casino and wager in person, place bets via the phone and wager over the Internet. The Iowa Legislature approved this remote wagering system in 2011.

There is help for people who have gambling addictions. Anybody struggling with problem gambling can call the toll-free help line 1-800-BETS-OFF.

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