BALTIMORE – Rombauer romped to an 11-1 upset victory Saturday within the Preakness, denying Bob Baffert-trained Kentucky Derby winner Medina Dash the prospect at a Triple Crown that may have include a large asterisk.
Medina Spirit completed third within the 1 3/16-mile race and was handed for the primary time in his profession after beginning because the 2-1 favourite. All eyes had been on Medina Spirit after he failed a post-Derby drug check for the presence of the steroid betamethasone.
Midnight Bourbon, who was 3-1, was second. Keepmeinmind was fourth and Baffert-trained Live performance Tour ninth within the 10-horse discipline.
Rombauer busted the bias of horses hugging the rail, passing Midnight Bourbon and Medina Spirit down the stretch and successful by 3½ lengths.
Jockey Flavien Prat received the Preakness two years after being elevated to the Derby winner aboard Nation Home when Most Safety was disqualified.
Coach Michael McCarthy received his first Triple Crown race and captured the Preakness earlier than Corridor of Famer Todd Pletcher, for whom he labored as an assistant earlier than opening his personal barn.
Rombauer is owned by John and Diane Fradkin, a far cry from Medina Spirit’s Zedan Racing Stables and different horse racing conglomerates. He received for the third time in seven begins.
McCarthy stated this week Rombauer’s finest weapon was his intelligence and that his colt was coaching effectively. However few picked the lengthy shot to win the Preakness, which was run in entrance of 10,000 followers at Pimlico Race Course.
Baffert was not in attendance, staying away due to the controversy with Medina Spirit, who nonetheless may very well be disqualified from the Derby.