Preakness 146 Entries & Post Positions: Derby winner Medina Spirit is in the field

Who will follow in the footsteps of Swiss Skydiver and win the Preakness?
Who will follow in the footsteps of Swiss Skydiver and win the Preakness?

Well the Post Position Draw for Preakness 146 is now finally in the books - a day after it was initially planned.

In case you missed the news, Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit failed a post-race drug test at Churchill Downs and officials at the Maryland Jockey Club were weighing up what to do about the horse and his stablemate Concert Tour, both of whom were pointed to this race.

Well entries are in and official and the lineup for Preakness 146 is below along with some initial thoughts...

Preakness Entries & Post Positions 2021
  • Post Position
  • Horse
  • Morning Line Odds

Post Position

  • 1.
  • 2.
  • 3.
  • 4.
  • 5.
  • 6.
  • 7.
  • 8.
  • 9.
  • 10.

Horse

  • Ram
  • Keepmeinmind
  • Medina Spirit
  • Crowded Trade
  • Midnight Bourbon
  • Rombauer
  • France Go De Ina
  • Unbridled Honor
  • Risk Taking
  • Concert Tour

Morning Line Odds

  • 30-1
  • 15-1
  • 9-5fav
  • 10-1
  • 5-1
  • 12-1
  • 20-1
  • 15-1
  • 15-1
  • 5-2

Well after 48 hours of intrigue and suspense - Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit is in the field of ten announced for Preakness 146. The Bob Baffert trained three-year-old - along with his trainer - has been the punchline of many a joke on the Late Night talk shows across the networks following failing a drug test after that win under the Twin Spires just over a week ago.

I won't get into what has happened over the past 48 hours in this piece and will choose to focus on the race itself and the horses who are set to battle it out for the second race in the Triple Crown series. We'll have plenty of commentary elsewhere on the site.

All last week as several potential contenders were pointed elsewhere, it looked pretty clear that the two Baffert runners would be the heavy favorites. Concert Tour skipped the Derby following a dispiriting run in the Arkansas Derby where the son of Street Sense came home third when he went off as the heavy favorite. The initial thought at the time was that he was set to bypass the Preakness as well but a good couple of breezes - no doubt helped by the lack of a dominant horse being pointed to the race - ensured he would be one of the top horses entered. He's been drawn in the outside Post.

As for the talk of the Late Night shows - Medina Spirit will break from Post Position 3. Most people reading this will know he's an outstanding front-running horse. He's yet to be overtaken following the race settling down after the break. Both Concert Tour and him have a similar style so it would be no shock if whoever got into the lead early went on to taste victory.

Bob Baffert has lifted the Woodlawn Vase seven times. The previous two have been with horses who went on to win the Triple Crown. Clearly Medina Spirit has a chance at following suit but I don't think many fans of the sport would think he was in the same class as Justify or American Pharoah.

The Baffert duo though aren't the only two horses in the field - despite what the column inches may indicate.

Most watchers of the sport will not have been overly impressed by the NYRA Road to the Derby but Chad Brown sends Withers winner Risk Taking down to Maryland along with stablemate Crowded Trade - who hit the board in both the Gotham and Wood Memorial.

Michael McCarthy's Rombauer is one that I'm thinking could go well. Taking victory at the El Camino Real Derby over at Golden Gate Fields isn't much to write-up about but a third-place finish behind Essential Quality and Highly Motivated was a really good result. This son of Grade I winner Twirling Candy is not a horse to ignore when looking at the field.

D. Wayne Lukas has won the race seven times as a trainer but is unlikely to make it eight this year. His three-year-old Ram has superb genetics but taking eight races to break your Maiden is not what you'd expect from a top quality horse.

If you are looking to bet on a potential winner outside of the Baffert duo then the trendy (and correct) play will be Steve Asmussen's Midnight Bourbon. The son of Tiznow hit the board five times on the Road to the Derby including a win in the Grade III Lecomte. I would not be surprised if sentimental money was wagered on him as fans try to bet against the Baffert duo. He has Post Position #5 and is one to pay plenty of attention to. Irad Ortiz Jr. gets the ride.

France Go De Ina has been flown in from Japan for trainer Hideyuki Mori. He has plenty of buzz surrounding him heading into the UAE Derby but he finished a lowly sixth. If he puts it all together then he has a shot but he'll be tough to back.

Keepmeinmind and Unbridled Honor round out the field.

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Preakness Stakes 2021

Preakness Stakes 2021 Race Card

3
PP 3

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.

10
PP 10

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.

5
PP 5

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.

4
PP 4

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.

6
PP 6

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.

2
PP 2

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.

8
PP 8

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.

9
PP 9

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.

7
PP 7

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.

1
PP 1

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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