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BALTIMORE – Rombauer, ridden by Flavien Prat, held back from Midnight Bourbon and embattled Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit on Saturday to take the 146th Preakness Stakes in front of a limited crowd on the sun-drenched Pimlico circuit.
Rombauer was sent off with a rate of 11: 1 and covered the mile and three sixteenths in 1: 53.62. Midnight Bourbon finished second, three and a half lengths back, while Medina Spirit took third.
Prat got lucky with his maiden win in a Triple Crown race in the 2019 Kentucky Derby aboard the Country House when Maximum Security was disqualified for interference. He admitted that this time was much different.
“There is so much history behind these races, and to win one is great, and to win the preakness is even better,” said Frenchman Prat after the race on NBC.
Medina Spirit, who won the Kentucky Derby on May 1 to give coach Bob Baffert a seventh record win, emerged as a 2-1 favorite after being nearly banned from the race when it was revealed he was a drug had failed test after the derby.
Medina Spirit tested positive for betamethasone, a corticosteroid, but officials in Kentucky are waiting for the results of a second trial – a process that can take weeks – to see if its Derby win will be overturned.
The race, which regularly brings well over 100,000 spectators to the Pimilico racetrack, was held in 2020 without spectators and in 2021 with only 10,000 spectators due to the coronavirus pandemic.