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Medina Spirit mystery clouds Belmont odds

Kentucky Derby favorite Essential Quality is bathed following a morning workout at Churchill Downs. Essential Quality is trained by Brad Cox. April 29, 2021 Af5i9283

Rombauer ran to victory at the Preakness Stakes and is expected to remain among the favorites at the Belmont Stakes on June 5.

Medina Spirit won the Kentucky Derby but a second drug test result likely is to be returned before the final leg of the Triple Crown next month. The result could remove Medina Spirit as the Derby winner and from the Belmont field.

Rombauer opened as the second favorite to Essential Quality, a 3-1 morning line favorite coming out of the Preakness over the weekend. Essential Quality broke out of the starting gate at the Kentucky Derby as the favorite.

Medina Spirit is not listed on the morning line.

The 153rd Belmont Stakes ($1.5 million purse) is more lucrative than the Preakness, and multiple Derby entries skipped the second of three Crown races to be ready to run in New York.

Belmont morning line odds via Racing.com:

Essential Quality 3-1
Rombauer 4-1
Hot Rod Charlie 5-1
Midnight Bourbon 7-1
Caddo River 8-1
Rock Your World 10-1
Concert Tour 12-1
Keepmeinmind 16-1
Known Agenda 20-1
Risk Taking 25-1

–Field Level Media