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Preakness Contenders 2011: Norman Asbjornson, Long Shot For Pimlico Victory

Norman Asbjornson is a very unusual name for a horse. Sounds like an old guy who might run a very successful business, right?

Actually, that's the truth. This colt is named after the CEO of a very successful Oklahoma-based heating and air conditioning company called AAON.

Norman Asbjornson is trained by Christopher Grove, and will be Grove's first-ever entrant into the Preakness Stakes. Julian Pimentel will mount this horse to run on Saturday.

Norman Asbjornson has run three times in 2011, winning, placing, and finishing fourth. Here's a video of Norman Asbjornson winning a 1 1/16 mile race on January 15 in Philadelphia:

The oddsmakers don't have a lot of faith in Norman Asbjornson, as his odds currently lie at 30/1.

The 2011 Preakness Stakes gets underway on May 21 at Pimlico racetrack. Stay with our 2011 Preakness Stakes StoryStream for odds, contender profiles, post positions and more. To look back at the Derby, check out SB Nation's 2011 Kentucky Derby StoryStream. Also, our horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come has two must-read resources for Derby and Preakness fans: A Beginner's Guide To Following Horse Racing and a glossary of horse racing terms.