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Preakness 2021: 146th Preakness Stakes

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Preakness 2021: The 146th Preakness Stakes, a Grade I stakes event for three-year-old Thoroughbreds over a distance of 1+316 miles, was held in 2021. (1.9 km).

The race is conducted annually at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland, and is one of the three legs of the American Triple Crown. The Preakness Stakes is contested two weeks after the Kentucky Derby on the third Saturday in May.

The 2021 Preakness was held on May 15, with a start time of 6:54 p.m. EDT, with NBC providing live coverage. Rombauer took first place in the race.

The 2020 event was held outside of its typical May schedule because of the COVID-19 pandemic and was competed as the final leg of the Triple Crown on October 3, with no spectators.

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Preakness 2021

Organizers revealed in late March 2021 that attendance at the 2021 Preakness would be limited to 10,000 people.

Medina Spirit won the Kentucky Derby on May 1, 2021, and the Triple Crown races resumed their original order and schedule.

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Medina Spirit’s entry into the Preakness was confirmed by trainer Bob Baffert shortly after the Derby.

Following the Derby, however, it was revealed that Medina Spirit had tested positive for betamethasone, a corticosteroid, and might be disqualified if the split sample confirms the result. Prior to the Preakness.

Pimlico decided to permit Medina Spirit’s entrance on the condition that he undergo blood testing, monitoring, and a review of his medical records; stipulations that Medina Spirit successfully met.

Trainer Brad Cox announced in the first week of May that Mandaloun, who finished second in the Derby and is set to be proclaimed the winner if Medina Spirit is disqualified, will skip the Preakness.

Essential Quality, who was the Derby favorite before finishing fourth, has been ruled out of the Preakness as well. In their absence, Medina Spirit’s major competition was expected to be Concert Tour, a stablemate who had won two stakes races but placed third in the Arkansas Derby in his most recent outing.

Based on his sixth-place performance in the Derby, a second-place finish in the Louisiana Derby, and victory in the Lecomte Stakes, Midnight Bourbon was predicted to be the third betting pick.

On May 11, a post-position draw was held.

The top betting favorites at the time of the race were Medina Spirit, Midnight Bourbon, and Concert Tour, in that order.

Midnight Bourbon and Medina Spirit were both 5-2 betting favorites at the time of the post.

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