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Rombauer Wins the 2021 Preakness, Surging Past Medina Spirit

Rombauer Wins the 2021 Preakness, Surging Past Medina Spirit

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BALTIMORE — Medina Spirit was running against more than the nine rivals on the track on Saturday. He was taking on an ex-president who had called him “a junkie,” late night comics and a public skeptical of his natural talent after he won the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago but failed a drug test afterward.For a mile and three-sixteenths, Medina Spirit chugged around Pimlico Race Course, leading for much of it. But so much hung in the balance: the colt’s reputation; another record for his absent trainer, Bob Baffert; and the credibility of an old and battered sport that very much needs to change.In the end, that load was too heavy for Medina Spirit.Instead, a long shot colt named Rombauer rolled down the middle of the lane like a riverboat let loose on a downstream current of the Mississippi R...
What to Know About the 146th Preakness Stakes

What to Know About the 146th Preakness Stakes

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BALTIMORE — Last year, Swiss Skydiver became the sixth filly to win the Preakness Stakes, which was held in October because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the 146th running of the race on Saturday will be blanketed with even more intrigue.Medina Spirit, who won the Kentucky Derby on May 1 to give the trainer Bob Baffert a record seventh victory in the race, was installed as the 9-5 morning-line favorite, after nearly being excluded from the race when it was disclosed that he had failed a drug test after the Derby.Medina Spirit tested positive for betamethasone, a corticosteroid, but officials in Kentucky are awaiting results from a second sample — a process that could take weeks — to determine if his Derby victory will be overturned. It sets up an awkward situation if Medina Spirit were ...
Preakness Odds and Picks: Who Will Win?

Preakness Odds and Picks: Who Will Win?

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Medina Spirit, who won the Kentucky Derby on May 1 to give the trainer Bob Baffert a record seventh victory in the race, was installed as the 9-5 morning-line favorite in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes, despite nearly not running at all after it was disclosed that he had tested positive for betamethasone, a corticosteroid, after the Derby.While officials in Kentucky awaited results from a second sample before determining whether Medina Spirit’s Derby victory would be overturned, Preakness organizers on Tuesday announced they would let the colt run after Baffert and his lawyer agreed to expanded testing and monitoring of his horses in Baltimore.Below, the Preakness horses are listed in order of post position, with comments by Joe Drape and Melissa Hoppert of The New York Times. The morning-lin...
Baffert, Medina Springs’s Trainer, Denies Cheating Allegations

Baffert, Medina Springs’s Trainer, Denies Cheating Allegations

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While the Kentucky Derby-winning horse Medina Spirit spent most of Monday in a van headed to Baltimore, his defiant Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert blitzed the airwaves to deny that he was a cheater and warn that he was willing to go to court if his horse was barred from running in the Preakness Stakes this weekend.The white-haired Baffert, the face of American horse racing, usually makes the national media rounds after signature victories, like his record-breaking seven Derbys. For nearly 25 years, his California cool and quick-with-a-quip personality have charmed morning show hosts and the public alike.On Monday, however, Baffert was sober and defiant about his colt’s positive drug test for betamethasone, a corticosteroid injected into joints to reduce pain and swelling.“We did not chea...