By Richard Rosenblatt On to the Belmont Stakes (G1) for Preakness (G1) winner Rombauer and runner-up Midnight Bourbon. The morning after Rombauer pulled off an 11-1 upset of Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Medina Spirit, assuring there would be no attempt by trainer Bob Baffert to win a third Triple Crown in seven years, plans were in motion for the $1.5 million Belmont on June 5. Trainer Michael McCarthy said Sunday morning that Rombauer would be shipped to Belmont Park on Monday. “We will go ahead and go to Belmont,” McCarthy said. “We will get there and see how he is
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It’s not often that you tear up your tickets after a race and still consider the outcome satisfactory. That rare instance occurred Saturday when Rombauer came rolling through the lane to win the Preakness (G1). He was an 11-1 winner. In my world, he could have been 41-1. Never gave him a shot. Of course, congratulations go out to the owners, jockey Flavien Prat and trainer Michael McCarthy, the long-time quiet man in the Todd Pletcher operation before striking out on his own, for their upset victory. The satisfaction derived from Rombauer’s triumph springs from the defeat of Medina Spirit.
By Richard Rosenblatt Let’s forget about Bob Baffert and Medina Spirit for a while and salute longshot Rombauer after he came rolling through the stretch and won the 146th Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday. In one of the strangest buildups to a Triple Crown race – Medina Spirit won the Kentucky Derby (G1) two weeks ago, but a post-race positive drug test could get him disqualified – it was 11-1 Rombauer who stole the show before about 10,000 fans. As expected, Medina Spirit, the 2-1 favorite, and Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez moved to the
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Weather should not be a major factor in the 146th Preakness Stakes, second leg of the Triple Crown, with almost perfect conditions expected for this Saturday. The Weather Channel forecasts the weather to be mostly sunny with just a 12 percent chance of rain and temperatures between 52 and 76 degrees. Bar unexpected showers, track conditions for the Preakness Stakes will be either good or fast for a third consecutive year. The last time the race was run on a wet track was in 2018, when Justify won on a sloppy surface. 2021 Preakness Stakes Forecast Service: The Weather Channel
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The 2021 Preakness Stakes: Lineup, Odds, Contenders, Picks In 1973 – two years before the first Kentucky Derby – Pimlico outside of Baltimore, Maryland, ran a stakes race for 3-year-olds during its first-ever spring race meet. Then governor Oden Bowie named the race, which was set at a distance of 1 ½ miles, in honor of a horse named Preakness who was bred by Milton Holbrook Sanford’s Preakness Stud in Preakness, Wayne Township, New Jersey. Preakness himself won the Dinner Party Stakes on the first day of racing at Pimlico when it opened in 1870. The first Preakness was held on May 27, 1873, and drew just seven runners. Survivor captured the inaugural
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Preakness Stakes 2021: Contenders, Lineup and Odds Last year, for the first time in 11 years, the filly in Swiss Skydiver faced off against the boys and won the 145th Preakness and became the first female to win the race since Rachel Alexandra in 2009. Rachel Alexandra (2009) was the first filly since Nellie Morse in 1924 to win the Preakness. Fifty five fillies have competed in the Preakness with six winners. In addition to Swiss Skydiver, Rachel Alexandra and Nellie Morse, the others are Flocarline (1903), Whimsical (1906) and Rhine Maiden (1915). No fillies will head to the gate
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2021 Preakness Stakes horses, contenders, date, predictions Each year, the winner of the Preakness is adorned with a blanket of Black-Eyed Susans across the withers and in front of the jockey. In 1940 Colonel Edward R. Bradley’s The Black-Eyed Susan blanket is created shortly before Preakness Day and it takes about eight hours for four people to construct it. It’s made up of black matting, a layer of green felt, a layer of a variety of Ruscus and then a layer of Viking Poms, which is a substitute for actual Black-Eyed Susans, which bloom usually after the Preakness is run
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2021 Preakness Stakes Lineup: Odds, Best Pick, Handicapping When Milton Sanford bought a yearling sired by eventual Hall of Famer Lexington and out of Bay Leaf, by The Promised Land from A. J. Alexander, he named the colt Preakness. Preakness was the eighth foal out of British-bred Bay Leaf and cost Sanford $2,000. And it was Preakness who debuted as a 3-year-old in the Dinner Party Stakes at Pimlico’s inaugural meet in 1870. In his triumph, Preakness was ridden by English jockey Billy Hayward, who supplied the name for one of Pimlico’s present adjoining streets. Though it was the colt’s
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By Richard Rosenblatt Mike Maker doesn’t show much emotion, but the trainer may have actually smiled after pulling off a Pimlico Special/Black-Eyed Susan double on Friday, the day before the 146th Preakness Stakes. Minutes before these races were run at Pimlico Race Course, Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit and stablemate Concert Tour were cleared by Maryland racing officials to run in Saturday’s Preakness. Both are trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert. Beautiful Girl, also trained by Baffert, ran in the Black-Eyed Susan (G3) but was a disappointing seventh as Army Wife ($11) cruised to the lead in the stretch
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By Richard Rosenblatt No matter what unfolds in the next 24 hours, we know the 146th Preakness Stakes (G1) on Saturday will go into the record books as one of the strangest in Triple Crown history. And, of course, white-haired Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert is in the middle of this most bizarre run-up to the second leg of the Triple Crown – even if he won’t be at Pimlico Race Course. Baffert, the most recognizable figure in racing over the past quarter-century, trains Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Medina Spirit, who failed a post-race test for the steroid betamethasone
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