Rombauer storms to victory in 146th Preakness Stakes; Medina Spirit finishes third

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. It was the first Triple Crown race victory for trainer Michael McCarthy. 

Jockey Flavien Prat celebrates as Rombauer crosses the wire to win the 146th Preakness Stakes. (Photo: Patrick Smith, Getty Images)

After serving as the final leg of last year's pandemic-altered Triple Crown, the Preakness resumed its middle-race place in the order. The Belmont Stakes, set for June 5, will not have Triple Crown potential – controversial or not. 

ROMBAUER HAS WON THE @PreaknessStakes!

Rombauer passed Medina Spirit and Midnight Bourbon in the stretch at @PimlicoRC! pic.twitter.com/sfQmuO1Qjc

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