BALTIMORE — Rombauer, ridden by Flavien Prat, held off Midnight Bourbon and the embattled Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit to capture the 146th Preakness Stakes in front of a limited crowd at sun-splashed Pimlico Race Course on Saturday.
Midnight Bourbon finished second, while Medina Spirit held on for third. Prat lucked into his first Triple Crown victory, in the 2019 Kentucky Derby aboard Country House, when Maximum Security was disqualified for interference.
“There’s so much history behind these races, and to win one is great, and to win the Preakness is even better,” Prat said on NBC after the race.
Medina Spirit, who won the Kentucky Derby on May 1 to give the trainer Bob Baffert a record seventh victory in the race, went off as the 2-1 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.
The race, which regularly brings a crowd of well over 100,000 to Pimilico Race Course, was run without spectators in 2020 and with only 10,000 in 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.