Preakness 146 Horse Profile: Rombauer

Flavien Prat will pilot the interesting Rombauer in Preakness 146
Flavien Prat will pilot the interesting Rombauer in Preakness 146
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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...

Rombauer (#6):  He’s a nice horse, but Rombauer would need to improve by several lengths to have a legitimate shot in the Preakness. He did show a surprising amount of early speed last out in the G1 Blue Grass at Keeneland, however, which is perhaps a sign that he’s turning a corner, though he was still well beaten in that spot by both Essential Quality and Highly Motivated. I suppose he has an outside chance at hitting the board here, but he’s not my favorite exotics play even in a depleted renewal of this race.

 

J.N.'s Take...

Trainer Mike McCarthy’s cost-saving measures just might payoff with the decision to hold this son of Twirling Candy back from running in KYD147 . . . After a 3rd place finish in the Blue Grass S. (G2) behind Essential Quality and Highly Motivated, it was probably best to wait for Pimlico’s big day.

The Fradkins who own this colt were not at all disappointed with his 2021 effort thus far. He has major ability, and under the watchful eye of this conditioner, his future appears very promising. McCarthy’s status on the national stage would ratchet even higher with a Preakness score. It is only a matter of time before he wins one of these types of contests.

Getting Flavien Prat to replace Florent Geroux is a positive step, especially considering that the jockey absolutely acquitted himself well on Derby Day. Is he due for a Preakness win aboard this route specialist who looks to improve on that BG KEE race? Maybe . . . McCarthy’s stock is on the rise, and a good price, which is sure to be an overlay, awaits. 

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Preakness Stakes 2021

Preakness Stakes 2021 Race Card

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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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