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Rombauer wins 146th Preakness Stakes with late push, Medina Spirit 3rd

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Rombauer, an 11-1 shot not among the favorites, roared down the stretch to win the 146th running of the Preakness Stakes on Saturday. 

Pre-race favorite Midnight Bourbon finished second in the Preakness. Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit finished in the money, placing third.

Medina Spirit led most of the race and was joined by Midnight Bourbon for a large portion of the middle third of the race, but after the final turn, Rombauer came from the outside and zoomed past Medina Spirit and Midnight Bourbon, who were pinned near the inside rail.

Jockey Flavien Prat won the Preakness aboard Rombauer, in a victory shared by trainer Michael McCarthy.

Under two hours before post time in Baltimore, these were the Preakness Stakes odds: Midnight Bourbon was the favorite at 5-2, Medina Spirit was second at 3-1. Concert Tour was third at 4-1. Crowded Trade was fourth on the odds list at 8-1. Unbridled Honor was fifth at 11-1. Keepmeinmind, Rombauer, and Risk Taking were all at 12-1, followed by Ram at 13-1 and France Go de Ina at 21-1.

The Preakness was overshadowed by a man who didn’t travel to Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore for the event: Bob Baffert. (Assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes went to Pimlico to tend to Baffert’s two horses, Medina Spirit and Concert Tour.)

Medina Spirit, trained by Baffert, won the Kentucky Derby two weeks before the Preakness, only for the horse to subsequently test positive for an excessive amount of the steroid betamethasone, an anti-inflammatory drug. This landed Baffert in trouble. He was banned by Churchill Downs — the race track where the Kentucky Derby is held — from entering any horse in a future race at the Louisville course.

As horse racing fans process this Preakness result, they need to know that another drug test result for Medina Spirit will be disclosed in the coming weeks. If that test result comes back positive, Mandaloun — the runner-up in the Kentucky Derby — will be declared the winner.

The Preakness Stakes is the shortest of the three Triple Crown races. The Pimlico race is 1 3/16 miles. The Kentucky Derby is 1 1/4 miles, the Belmont Stakes 1 1/2 miles. The Belmont will be in three weeks on Saturday, June 5 in Belmont Park, N.Y.