BALTIMORE — Two weeks ago, Medina Spirit could not be caught after jumping out to the front of the pack at the Kentucky Derby.
That was not the case at Saturday's 146th Preakness Stakes.
Rombauer blew past the controversial Kentucky Derby winner and Midnight Bourbon, whose odds had dropped to 5-2 – the same as Medina Spirit – prior to post time, to win the Preakness. Medina Spirit ran out of gas to finish third, two lengths behind second-place Midnight Bourbon, who could not hold off an electric finish from the No. 6 colt.
Rombauer emerged victorious by 3½ lengths over a 10-horse field in an unofficial 1:53:62 for the 1 3/16-mile race.
The first two career victories for Rombauer saw him come from behind, too.
It was the first Triple Crown race victory for trainer Michael McCarthy, who was visibly emotional after the win.
"I'm stunned, (but) not totally surprised," he said. "Not sure if that makes any sense."
ROMBAUER HAS WON THE @PreaknessStakes!
Rombauer passed Medina Spirit and Midnight Bourbon in the stretch at @PimlicoRC! pic.twitter.com/sfQmuO1Qjc
McCarthy said he'd pushed for Rombauer to run in the Kentucky Derby and that his last two work sessions at Pimlico had gone well.
Flavien Prat, the jockey who rode Rombauer on Saturday, had been aboard longshot 2019 Kentucky Derby winner Country House; they were ruled the winners after Maximum Security was disqualified for impeding other horses' paths.
“There’s so much history behind these races,” Prat said Saturday. “To win one is amazing. To win the Preakness is even better.”
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