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Rombauer wins Preakness, Medina Spirit claims third

May 15, 2021; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Flavien Prat aboard Rombauer reacts after winning the 146th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Longshot Rombauer rolled past the tiring favorites down the stretch and captured the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore on Saturday.

Controversial Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit faded to third after setting the early pace. Medina Spirit tested positive for betamethasone, a corticosteroid drug, days after his Derby triumph.

Midnight Bourbon pressed Medina Spirit for the early lead and held on for second place. Keepmeinmind rallied for the fourth spot.

Rombauer went off at 11-1 odds. He did not run in the Derby after finishing third in the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland on April 3.

Rombauer, ridden by Flavien Prat, cruised up alongside Midnight Bourbon at the eighth pole and took command. Rombauer, who is trained by Michael W. McCarthy, won his 3-year-old debut in the El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate’s synthetic track in California. The Blue Grass was his only other 3-year-old start.

Rombauer won only one of his four starts as a 2-year-old and finished fifth in the Breeders Cup Juvenile at Keeneland in November.

Rombauer paid $25.60 to win.

Medina Spirit was the lukewarm favorite for the Preakness at 2-1 odds.

–Field Level Media