Rombauer shocks the field, wins the Preakness

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher All the eyes were on Medina Spirit. The Kentucky Derby winner competed despite a failed drug test in the first marquee event of the Triple Crown. Medina Spirit was leading the Preakness on Saturday at Pimlico in Baltimore, Maryland. However, an 11-1 horse was able to come on late to get the win. Rombauer won the second leg of the Triple Crown in a come-from-behind win. The horse needed to come from the stretch run to get past both Medina Spirit and Midnight Bourbon. “Just goes to show you that small players in the game can be successful, as well,” said McCarthy, his voice choked with emotion. Michael McCarthy, Rombauer’s trainer, was emotional after the win. Rombauer was his first Triple Crown entry. The horse’s owners Diane and John Fradkin also won their first Triple Crown event. The 28-year-old Flavien Prat now has two Triple Crown event wins. He was the jockey on the 2019 Kentucky Derby winner Country House was declared the winner following Maximum Security’s disqualification following the race. “He has no quit in him,” McCarthy said of Rombauer. “He’s made me look smart today.” There is one Triple Crown event left in June at the Belmont Stakes in New York. Will Rombauer compete? McCarthy and his owners will have to make that decision. “I’d say it’s a possibility,” Fradkin said. “But it’s probably a little less of a possibility than if we had run like a good third or something.”

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