Preakness 146 Horse Profile: Medina Spirit

Medina Spirit has Post Position #3 as he looks to win the second-leg of the Triple Crown
Medina Spirit has Post Position #3 as he looks to win the second-leg of the Triple Crown
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With a field of ten announced for Preakness 146 at Pimlico this Saturday. Our in-house handicapper and turf-man both put together their thoughts on each of the runners set to complete in the second of the Triple Crown races.

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Sean's Take...

Medina Spirit (#3):  Anyone who followed my thoughts leading up to the Kentucky Derby knows that I love this horse, but what do you do with him now that he may get disqualified from victory in that race and wheels back just two weeks later? The contrarian in me wants to play against him as the heavy favorite, however my gut tells me that the trace amount of betamethasone found in his system didn’t enhance his performance to any notable degree, and his trainer Bob Baffert has a history of horses running well after such infractions. With all the other heavy hitters skipping this race in favor of the Belmont it makes it that much harder to pick against him, and at this point I just can’t bring myself to do so.

 

J.N.'s Take...

The turfwriting community seems quite taken with the story behind this “Little Engine That Could.” That was before “earthquake” news broke over the weekend that Medina Spirit tested positive for an anti-inflammatory medication. The KHC is pretty clear on amounts, timing, and the rules . . .

The way it looks right now is not promising for America’s greatest and most visible trainer. Now, the appeals process moves forward—glacially. In the meantime, Baffert is keeping his runner pointed towards the Preakness. For a Florida bred to jump up and best everyone in KYD147 it was truly a gritty display of “staying” power, but it seems like all of that has been wiped clean.

Of course, the son of Protonico was backed by the red sash of Zedan Racing Stables. That appears marred as well. Before Saturday, the media said what was even more impressive was the training of HOF Bob Baffert, who just keeps defying the odds and the pundits who are against. Once again, that comment is in peril. If you supported the colt before the Derby (not me, sadly), then you were rewarded with some juicy odds and payouts that were just gaudy. Now, an asterisk seems affixed to all of those numbers. Turning to the Preakness in Baltimore, should the colt run? Opinions will vary . . .

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Preakness Stakes 2021

Preakness Stakes 2021 Race Card

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Medina Spirit

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: John Velazquez /
  • Trainer: Bob Baffert /
Morning Line Odds

Kentucky Derby winner. You all know the story about his failed drugs test. Has to pass Pre-Race testing otherwise he will be scratched. If he runs, worthy favorite. Tough front-running horse.

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Concert Tour

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: Mike Smith /
  • Trainer: Bob Baffert /
Morning Line Odds

Second favorite behind stablemate Medina Spirit. Won the San Vicente and Rebel in impressive fashion before a third place finish at the Arkansas Derby. Front-runner. If he gets out to the lead early then he'll be tough to beat. Big if though with Medina Spirit in the field.

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Midnight Bourbon

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr. /
  • Trainer: Steve Asmussen /
Morning Line Odds

If you are looking to bet away from Bob Baffert, here's your best shot. Hit the board in all five of the Derby Prep Races he entered, winning the Grade III Lecomte. Ran 6th in the Derby. Contender.

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Crowded Trade

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: Javier Castellano /
  • Trainer: Chad Brown /

Hit the board twice in the NYRA Road to the Derby. Surprised he's as short as 10/1 on the Morning Line. Expect that to drift.

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Rombauer

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: Flavien Prat /
  • Trainer: Michael McCarthy /

My favorite horse of the perceived outsiders. Thought his third place behind Essential Quality and Highly Motivated in the Grade II Blue Grass was a good run. Outsider but not a no hoper.

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Keepmeinmind

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: David Cohen /
  • Trainer: Robertino Diodoro /

Came home 7th in the Kentucky Derby. Looked like an excellent two-year-old but hasn't hit the board in three starts as a three-year-old. Tough to back even in deep exotics.

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Unbridled Honor

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: Luis Saez /
  • Trainer: Todd Pletcher /

Broke his Maiden back in February at Tampa Bay Downs. 4th in the Tampa Bay Derby and second behind King Fury at the Lexington. Would be a big step up to contend in the Preakness.

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Risk Taking

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: Jose Ortiz /
  • Trainer: Chad Brown /

Won the Grade III Withers back in February but followed that up with a 7th place finish in that shocking Wood Memorial. Deep exotics possibilities.

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France Go De Ina

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: Joel Rosario /
  • Trainer: Hideyuki Mori /

Flown in from Japan following a very disappointing 6th place in the UAE Derby. Was highly thought of going into that race. Would need to up his game seriously to be near the front in the closing stages.

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Ram

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: Ricardo Santana Jr. /
  • Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas /

Broke his Maiden at the 9th time of asking. Trainer D. Wayne Lukas looking for his 8th Preakness win. Real real long shot here.

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