There will be no Triple Crown winner in 2021.
Rombauer, a horse with 12-1 odds, surprised by winning the race by two lengths over second-place finisher Midnight Bourbon.
Medina Spirit, the betting favorite to win the 2021 Preakness Stakes, gave it a good run, leading the 10-horse field throughout the first three-quarters of the 1 3/16-mile race. But the 3-year-colt ran out of energy in the stretch, falling to third behind Rombauer and Midnight Bourbon.
That removes any potential controversy over a tainted Triple Crown winner in 2021; though a second test has yet to confirm that Medina Spirit ran the Kentucky Derby with 21 picograms of betamethasone in his body, it’s still possible Churchill Downs could invalidate the horse’s first-place finish at the Derby. Now, regardless of whether that happens, the Triple Crown will remain unaffected.
Check out Sporting News’ updates of the 2021 Preakness Stakes:
Preakness Stakes finish order
Official race results.
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6:55 p.m.: And, in a surprise, Rombauer is the unofficial winner with a running time of 1:53.62! Midnight Bourbon and Medina Spirit came in second and third place, respectively; no Triple Crown this year.
6:55 p.m.: Midnight Bourbon and Medina Spirit are neck-and-neck heading into the last turn.
6:54 p.m.: Medina Spirit has the inside track and is the leader of the first quarter-mile, with Midnight Bourbon right behind him.
6:54 p.m.: And they’re off!
6:52 p.m.: And here come the horses and their riders to their post positions. Nearly that time.
6:21 p.m.: Betting favorites 31 minutes till post time:
5:45 p.m.: Somelikeithotbrown wins the 12th race at the Preakness: The Dinner Party Stakes.
5:06 p.m.: Medina Spirit’s trainer Bob Baffert has released a statement on his horse to NBC Sports:
“As Medina Spirit prepares to run in the Preakness Stakes today, I want to keep the focus on this amazing equine athlete and not me, which is the primary reason I will not personally be in attendance. I do not want to serve as a distraction to what has always been of paramount importance – the joy of this great sport and the horses that make it possible.”
The full statement is available at NBCSports.com.
4:17 p.m.: Firecrow wins the Jim Mckay Turf Sprint.
2:49 p.m.: For those curious to see how Medina Spirit will perform in today’s race:
2:23 p.m.: And winner of Race No. 7 at the Preakness: Mischief Afoot.
2:16 p.m.:Your winner for the 2021 Gallorette Stakes: Mean Mary!
2021 Preakness Stakes post time
Coverage of the 2021 Preakness Stakes will begin at 2 p.m. ET on the NBC Sports Network. NBC will take over coverage at 5 p.m. ahead of the race’s scheduled post time of 6:50 p.m. ET.
You can also stream the Stakes live with fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.
Preakness Stakes post positions
Below is the full list of starting spots, as well as each horse’s morning line odds of winning the Preakness Stakes.
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