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