Medina Spirit finishes 3rd in the Preakness

Flavien Prat (seen above) celebrates as Rombauer gallops to victory finishing by 3 1/2 lengths ahead of 2nd place Midnight Bourbon in the 146th running of the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, May 15, 2021. Bob Baffert’s Medina Spirit, this year’s Kentucky Derby “winner”, faded and finished 3rd. Baffert’s other runner, Concert Tour, finished next to last.


What the . . . . ? Look at this!

The Los Angeles Times reports:

Baffert has not been charged with anything pending the results of a split sample to verify the original findings. On Thursday, Craig Robertson, Baffert’s Kentucky-based attorney, said the sample has not been sent off yet. [Emphasis added]

“The particular lab has not been chosen,” Robertson said. “We are working through those issues and I suspect everything will be finalized shortly. Given the importance of the matter everyone is rightfully proceeding in a careful and thoughtful manner to make sure everything is done correctly.”

The delay could very well be beneficial to Baffert if he wants to run in the Belmont Stakes in three weeks. It takes about two to four weeks to get a sample tested and returned. The lack of the results of the second sample could make it easier for the New York Racing Assn. to allow him to enter horses in the Belmont.

Here are all ten horses with their post positions and opening odds.

1. Ram (30-1)
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Ricardo Santana Jr.

2. Keepmeinmind (15-1)
Trainer: Robertino Diodoro
Jockey: David Cohen

3. Medina Spirit (9-5) – Morning-line favorite
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Jockey: John Velazquez

4. Crowded Trade (10-1)
Trainer: Chad Brown
Jockey: Javier Castellano

5. Midnight Bourbon (5-1)
Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.

6. Rombauer (12-1)
Trainer: Michael McCarthy
Jockey: Flavien Prat

7. France Go de Ina (20-1)
Trainer: Hideyuki Mori
Jockey: Joel Rosario

8. Unbridled Honor (15-1)
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Luis Saez

9. Risk Taking (15-1)
Trainer: Chad Brown
Jockey: Jose Ortiz

10. Concert Tour (5-2)
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Jockey: Mike Smith

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Featured Image: Flavien Prat celebrates as Rombauer gallops to victory in the 146th running of the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, May 15, 2021. (Patrick Smith / Getty Images)

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