Rombauer wins at Pimlico Race Course

BALTIMORE — Two weeks ago, Medina Spirit could not be caught after jumping out to the front of the pack at the Kentucky Derby. 

That was not the case at Saturday’s 146th Preakness Stakes. 

Rombauer blew past the controversial Kentucky Derby winner and Midnight Bourbon, whose odds had dropped to 5-2 – the same as Medina Spirit – prior to post time, to win the Preakness. Medina Spirit ran out of gas to finish third, two lengths behind second-place Midnight Bourbon, who could not hold off an electric finish from the No. 6 colt. 

Rombauer emerged victorious by 3½ lengths over a 10-horse field in an unofficial 1:53:62 in the 1 3/16-mile race.

The first two career victories for Rombauer saw him come from behind, too. 

It was the first Triple Crown race victory for trainer Michael McCarthy, who was visibly emotional after the win. 

“I’m stunned, (but) not totally surprised,” he said. “Not sure if that makes any sense.”