BALTIMORE — Rombauer romped to an 11-1 upset victory within the Preakness on Saturday, denying Bob Baffert-trained Kentucky Derby winner Medina Dash the prospect at a Triple Crown that may have include an enormous asterisk.
Medina Spirit completed third within the 1 3/16-mile race and was handed for the primary time in his profession after going off because the 2-1 favourite. All eyes have been on Medina Spirit after he failed a post-Derby drug take a look at for the presence of the steroid betamethasone.
“I needed to come out working to get my place,” Medina Spirit jockey John Velazquez mentioned. “I knew that he was going to be pressed in the present day. I hoped that he wouldn’t overdo it, and we did.”
Midnight Bourbon, who was 3-1, was second. Keepmeinmind was fourth and Baffert-trained Live performance Tour ninth within the 10-horse area.
Rombauer busted the bias of horses hugging the rail on the dust at Pimlico Race Course all day, going previous Midnight Bourbon and Medina Spirit down the stretch and profitable by 3 1/2 lengths.
Jockey Flavien Prat received the Preakness two years after being elevated to the Derby winner aboard Nation Home when Most Safety was disqualified.
“After all it is so much completely different once you cross the wire first: You get that feeling,” Prat mentioned. “It is lots of pleasure.”
Coach Michael McCarthy received his first Triple Crown race and captured the Preakness earlier than Corridor of Famer Todd Pletcher, for whom he labored as an assistant earlier than opening his personal barn. Pletcher gave McCarthy a giant bear hug after the race.
Rombauer is owned by John and Diane Fradkin, a far cry from Medina Spirit’s Zedan Racing Stables and different horse racing conglomerates. He received for the third time in seven begins.
McCarthy choked again tears whereas speaking about everybody concerned with Rombauer.
“Means so much to be right here, take part on a day like this,” he mentioned. “Pleased for the Fradkins. Simply goes to point out you that small gamers within the recreation may be profitable, as nicely.”
McCarthy mentioned this week Rombauer’s finest weapon was between his ears and that his colt was coaching nicely. However few picked the lengthy shot to win the Preakness, which was run in entrance of 10,000 followers at Pimlico Race Course.
Baffert was not in attendance, staying away due to the controversy with Medina Spirit, who nonetheless could possibly be disqualified from the Derby. His Derby win nonetheless hangs within the steadiness with a second take a look at but to be analyzed.
Maryland racing officers required Live performance Tour and Medina Spirit bear further testing and monitoring as situations to run within the Preakness. These three rounds of assessments got here again Friday, clearing them to race.
With Baffert’s shadow hanging over the race, the Preakness was run in entrance of a restricted capability of 10,000 followers, a fraction of the group of 100,000-plus that usually packs Pimlico on the third Saturday in Might. Masks have been nonetheless required due to metropolis and observe protocols.
This was a brief turnaround from the 2020 Preakness, which was run final fall because the third leg of the Triple Crown with no followers allowed.
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