Longshot Rombauer romped past favorite Medina Spirit to win the $1-million Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore on Saturday.
Going off at 11-1, with French jockey Flavien Prat aboard, Rombauer scored his first victory on a dirt track by 3-1/2 lengths, with second favorite Midnight Bourbon coming in second and Medina Spirit third.
The three-year-old colt’s first two career wins came on turf and synthetic surfaces.
His win Saturday ended any chance of Triple Crown laurels for controversial Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit, whose trainer Bob Baffert is still under investigation for his horse failing a post-race drug test.
Rombauer’s victory was the first Triple Crown race winner for owners Diane and John Fradkin. Next on the calendar for the Fradkins and trainer Michael McCarthy is the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on a dirt track in New York on June 5.
Thank you Rombauer. Drinks are on me.