Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit (2-1) suffered an upset loss to Rombauer (11-1) in the 2021 Preakness States on Saturday, ending the Bob Baffert-trained horse’s chance at a Triple Crown.
Rombauer won by 3 1/2 lengths, defeating Midnight Bourbon (3-1) and Medina Spirit in the second and third spots, respectively. After hugging the rail the majority of the way, Rombauer came from behind in the final stretch to cover the mile and three-sixteenths in 1:53.62, which paid $25.60 on a $2 bet to win.
“There’s so much history behind these races, and to win one is great, and to win the Preakness is even better,” jockey Flavien Prat said after the race.
All eyes were on Medina Spirit, who failed a post-Derby drug test for a trace of the steroid betamethasone in his system and needed three negative tests leading up to the Preakness to be cleared to race. He finished third in the race, the first time he has been passed in his career.
“I had to come out running to get my position,” Medina Spirit jockey John Velazquez said after the race, via ESPN. “I knew that he was going to be pressed today. I was hoping that he wouldn’t overdo it, and we did.”
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ROMBAUER HAS WON THE @PreaknessStakes!
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And the final results:
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After being postponed until October last season due to COVID-19, the Preakness returned to its normal mid-may run date at Pimlico Race Course with roughly 10,000 fans inside the famed race track.