Preakness Stakes 2021 winner: Rombauer races to upset win, Derby winner Medina Spirit finishes third

Rombauer 146th Preakness Stakes 2021
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For the second straight Triple Crown race, the winner came as a result of an upset. Rombauer, who had 11/1 odds entering Saturday's race, won the Preakness Stakes, edging out favorite Medina Spirit and Midnight Bourbon to take the victory down the final stretch.

The win was a pair of firsts for the people behind the horse. First, Flavien Prat, the jockey for Rombauer, won the Preakness Stakes for the first time in his career. Second, trainer Michael McCarthy also got his first win at the second of the Triple Crown races this year.

The early stretch of the match was reminiscent of the Kentucky Derby with Medina Spirit taking an early lead and holding onto it for most of the race. The only real threat to the Baffert-trained horse's lead early on came from Midnight Bourbon who briefly looked to take things to a photo finish against the Kentucky Derby winner -- as of this posting, at least

But then it was Rombauer coming from the middle of the pack with a second wind that no other horse in the running seemed to have for the latter portion of the final stretch. Ultimately, the horse broke away from the two initial contenders and took the win by four lengths.

2021 Preakness Stakes Payouts

6 - Rombauer: WIN: $25.60 PLACE: $10.00 SHOW: $5.20
5 - Midnight Bourbon: PLACE: $4.60 SHOW: $3.00
3 - Medina Spirit: SHOW: $2.80

$2.00 Exacta 6-5 $98.60
$1.00 Trifecta 6-5-3 $162.70
$1.00 Superfecta 6-5-3-2 $1,025.50

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Payouts for the Dinner Party Stakes
1 - Somelikeithotbrown: WIN: $7.60 PLACE: $4.80 SHOW: $4.00
6 - Talk or Listen: PLACE: $10.60 SHOW: $6.20
4 - Midnight Team Time: SHOW: $7.20

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Another step in the pageantry of this event is about to begin with the singing of the national anthem.

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Bob Baffert drops an exclusive statement in regard to the steroid scandal revolving his horse, and Kentucky Derby winner, Medina Spirit.

"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."

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Horse racing guru Jody Demling has picked the winner of the Preakness in nine of the last 16 years. In 2020, he nailed the Swiss Skydiver-Authentic exacta while correctly fading the Kentucky Derby winner.

This year, Demling is also fading the Derby winner in the Preakness, but he's high on a long shot who "will be coming" down the stretch at Pimlico. Check out Demling's top Preakness plays and full projected leaderboard over at SportsLine.

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That would look nice on any mantle. Post time for the 146th Preakness Stakes is set for 6:47 p.m. ET at Pimlico Race Course.